Australians have been shocked and disgusted at Woolworths for celebrating and promoting Ramadan in 239 stores across Australia during the month of July. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and lasts for 29-30 days. This year Ramadan starts on 29th June and ends on 27th July, during which strict fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims are required to recite the entire Koran.
Shoppers were thrown into chaos when Kazem Payam, an Iranian asylum seeker sought revenge against a fellow Iranian national at Westfield Parramatta last Tuesday plunging a knife into Nabil Naser’s chest. Apparently there was a long running dispute between both Muslim men who agreed to meet at the shopping centre to resolve their differences however Kazem bought a knife at the centre which was used in the murder of Nabil.
From the 1st of July, Australia has a new senate with 12 new senators joining 64 returning senators who will take their seats for next week’s first sitting. With the new senate comes a major change and new reality that the Greens no longer hold the balance of power – hooray! The infusion of new blood is great for Australian democracy breaking the stranglehold of the Labor-Liberal-Greens political monopoly that has existed for too long.