Aug 10, 2017

'Package for outrage'

It began with a public spat with the US writer Lionel Shriver, and peaked when Sudanese-born Ms Abdel-Magied "Desecrated", as some saw it, Australia's venerated Anzac Day holiday. "LEST. WE. FORGET.," Ms Abdel-Magied wrote, in part referring to Australia's controversial detention of asylum seekers on remote Pacific islands. For her part, Ms Abdel-Magied believes Australia "Doesn't know how to have a nuanced conversation about race, or religion, for that matter". Although the ABC noted in a statement following the Anzac Day furore that Ms Abdel-Magied had deleted the offending post and apologised, Julianne Schultz, editor of Australia's Griffith Review magazine, says she was "Deeply disappointed that neither the ABC nor DFAT defended or protected her when she was under daily attack, despite her institutional attachment to them making her more of a target". "Abdel-Magied has a public position and chooses to have a public profile. It's no surprise that what she puts out in the public domain draws comment from others."

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