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Ms.Mehreen Faruqi – First Pakistani becomes an Australian Parliamentarian

Dr. Mehreen Faruqi, a Pakistani born migrant has become the first Pakistani to serve in the Australian Parliament. This is a great news for all the Pakistanis and a colossal achievement for the Pakistani migrants. Dr. Faruqi is not only the first Muslim but she is also the first Muslim women who will be serving in the Parliament of Australia.

Dr. Faruqi migrated to Australia way back in the year 1992 along with her family. From her twitter page, we got the information that she is an environmental engineer, climate change activist, proud union member and feminist. Dr. Mehreen Faruqi has been selected to represent New South Wales Greens, a center left party. The party is also the first and oldest parliament in New South Wales. Dr.Faruqi has replaced Cate Faehrmaan as the upper house MP of Greens. She will be taking her position in July 2013 and she has also told the media that she is part of “Greens” for the next 10 years.

Dr. Mehreen Faruqi

Dr. Mehreen Faruqi

Dr Mehreen Faruqi is very popular in the Pakistani community in Australia. Since her arrival in Australia, she has attended and participated in a number of events organized by the President of Pakistan Association of Australia, Mr. Iftikhar Rana.

When it was asked to Dr.Faruqi, she told us “I’m incredibly humbled by the support Greens members across NSW have given me, in selecting me to become their next Greens MP.

Mehreen Faruqi is highly passionate about working hard for the people of NSW and she says that she want to keep the momentum going and says she has been highly impressed by the sheer hardwork of the former MP of Greens Mr. Cate Faehrmaan in the protection of our national parks, combating for gender equality and equal marriage and the crusade for public transport.

Dr Mehreen Faruqi also works as an Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales

Dr Mehreen Faruqi also works as an Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales

Dr Mehreen Faruqi also works as an Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales. Faruqi is a trained and experienced Environmental Engineer, sustainability expert and a community activist. Faruqi believes in putting her heart and soul in everything she does and she has had numerous senior positions in a number of universities, multinationals, local consultancies and has also worked within local government.

In 2009 Dr.Mehreen co-authored a book with Ronnie Harding and Carolyn Hendriks. The book is called “Environmental Decision-Making – Exploring Complexity and Context” which was well received by the critics and the audience. The book was published by the Federation Press .

In 2009 Dr.Mehreen co-authored a book with Ronnie Harding and Carolyn Hendriks. The book is called “Environmental Decision-Making – Exploring Complexity and Context”

In 2009 Dr.Mehreen co-authored a book with Ronnie Harding and Carolyn Hendriks. The book is called “Environmental Decision-Making – Exploring Complexity and Context”

Since her migration from Pakistan, Mehreen has worked day and night and has made a name for herself. She says that raising a family and working at the same time has been a hectic job for her but she’s extremely happy with what she has achieved. Dr. Mehreen is currently living in Alexandaria Sydney.

The inspiring story of Dr.Mehreen is a living evidence that Australia is a non-racist and migrant friendly country and it’s indeed a land of opportunities. The uplifting story of Mehreen can put a permanent full stop on all the fallacies that says that racism exist in Australia. Hence, we look forward to see more “Mehreens” in our coming future.

Anita Burgh once said in one of her novels that Australia is one of those countries that need to be visited at least once in your lifetime.  If you plan to visit Australia for higher education or for permanent migration so do contact AINiT Consultancy Services. AINiT CS is a registered and certified organization with the government of Australia and has sent over 700 students and professionals to Australia so far.

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Written by Danish Maqsood

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“5 Australian Novels that should be read atleast once in a lifetime”

Australia is a country that has excelled big time in almost every aspect of life. Whether its entertainment, sports, science, arts or technology, you name it and they have it. But I guess many of you might not know that Australia has also excelled big time in the world of literature as well. Australia has produced many award winning writers, poets and novelists. As now it’s almost summers in Pakistan and many students recently got done with their exams and now are looking for some pastime activities to kill their newly found excess free time. So let me take you all to an intellectual yet colorful trip to the literary world ofAustralia.

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One thing that’s similar about most of the Aussie writers is that they do compliment their homeland’s scenic beauty and lush valleys as often as they can. Some of the well-known authors from Australia include the award winning author Peter Carey, J.M Coetzee*, David Malouf, Shirley Hazzard and many others.

Being a die-hard fan of literature I fell in love with some of the most heart touching Australian novels. These novels will leave you spell bounded and once you start reading them I know you’ll find it hard to put them down.

So following are some of the novels that I believe should be read at least once in your lifetime :

1.      After The Fall by Kylie Ladd :

“After The Fall” is about two happily married couples: Kate and Cary, Luke and Cressida. These four individuals meet accidentally and become friends. Everything between them was going hunky dory and the married couples were enjoying their time together but suddenly Luke and Kate discovers that there’s a magnetic force that is bringing them closer despite both being married. That magnetic force turns into love, and then becomes an affair to remember. The affair shattered the lives of these four individuals and now nothing in their lives will remain same ever again.

The Sydney Morning Herald has called the novel “A subtle, moving and perceptive story of love, loss and hope.’

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2.      Disco Boy by Dominic Knight :

 Disco Boy revolves around the life of Paul, a law graduate and working as a DJ. Paul is habitual of making fun of his own life with his friends and family members. The novel tells you how it’s easier to joke about yourself and calling yourself as a failure than actually getting to work. The readers can actually identify with the character of Paul who finds it easier to waste his time than actually getting back to work and doing the things that he’s been delaying for so long. An aspiring musician who can’t find the time to write that hit song he’s been planning to write since ages and to confess his love to his best friend’s girlfriend , there are lots of things that Paul is planning to do it but usually procrastination gets the better out of it. This book will definitely going to give its readers that “been there, done that” feeling. Read the book if you wanna relive your life as a young adult!.

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3.      The Spare Room by Helen Garner :

 Helen had no idea that her life is about to change for good just by offering a spare room to an old friend. Helen’s fifteen year old friend Nicola has arrived in her city for the treatment of a disease that she has been suffering from. The disease turned out to be none other than cancer. Now Nicola is determined to cure her disease in her own way although Helen has other plans for her but Nicola isn’t listening to her. Nicola’s battle with cancer not only changes her life forever but also the lives of those who are around her.

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4.      The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead :

The Man Who Loved Children is known as a contemporary classic of Australian and international literary world. The novel is about family life. The novel revolves around the lives of Sam and Henny Pollit who shares a love and hate relationship. Their problem is they have too many children and too little money to support them. The novel is a book of relations, love and hope. It tells you how parents fulfill the needs of their children no matter what the circumstances are.

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5.      Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner:

 Seven Little Australians is the story of Captain Woolcot and his seven children. All of them are completely different from one another. They light up Mr Woolcot’s every single day. But most of the times they get out of control and drive Captain Woolcot crazy. Seven Little Australians is about Mr. Woolcot and his seven children’s small world which is full of happiness, laughters, tears and infinite love.

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Anita Burgh once said in one of her novels that Australia is one of those countries that need to be visited at least once in your lifetime.  If you plan to visit Australia for higher education or for permanent migration so do contact AINiT Consultancy Services. AINiT CS is a registered and certified organization with the government of Australia and has sent over 700 students and professionals to Australia so far.

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Written by Danish Maqsood

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