Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Talking politics with Rita Panahi

A recent Q&A session saw firebrand columnist Rita Panahi talking about politics and burning issues around the world

Reading Time: 3 minutesLiberal supporters and members gathered over an early breakfast Q&A recently to discuss issues with firebrand columnist Rita Panahi.
Although the spotlight was on politics, recent issues also triggered much interest. Rita, who is a news blogger turned opinion columnist with Herald Sun, a committed Conservative and host of The Friday Show on Sky News Live, was succinct and relevant with her response.

The American born, Iranian-Australian journalist who is not afraid to call out people or policies has seen a quick rise in the media world with her unbiased and outspoken views.
She gamely took on Liberal Party President Michel Kroger’s queries after he had finished lambasting the current government for its weak laws, course and administration.
The session began with the fundamental question around the right to be held innocent until proven otherwise with reference to the case of Brett Kavanaugh, America’s newest Supreme Court Justice.

Kavanaugh’s nomination by Trump created a nationally divisive controversy in the US due to allegations of sexual assault against him. According to Rita, the activists overplayed their hand in the smear campaign similar to a ‘witch trial’ against Kavanaugh. They found fault with everything possible but it turned out to be counterproductive as the Senate voted to confirm Kavanaugh by a 51-49 margin.
Rita also commented on the orthodoxy of the Left and its dominance that is beyond Government control. According to her, Conservatives are partly to blame for that because when they come to power they do not counter it.
She spent much time discussing how Conservatives and politicians tend to veer left when in doubt. “Conservatives seem to want to appease the left and appeal to people who loathe them,” said Rita.

She added that she would love to see boldness during election campaigns and see candidates that stand up and have different views. She said that candidates should not fear media backlash and cited the example of Trump. “Trump has shown, better than anybody else, that the media can be negated. As a politician he has faced unhinged, feral, relentlessly negative campaign from a large section of media in US. Despite that his approval rating is more than 50% in the last poll,” said Rita.
According to Rita, UK’s Theresa May, who bends over backwards trying to appease the left and be a moderate, on the other hand has scored less.
Rita briefly commented on parent’s apprehension over Labor’s Safe Schools and Respectful Relationships program. She also pointed that the Coalition’s Energy policy needs a stronger differentiation strategy from its opposition to restore confidence.
After the session, a Liberal Party Fundraising auction was conducted, followed by networking and photo opportunities with Rita. The buffet, held at the Sandown Park Hotel in Noble Park, was hosted by Inga Peulich MLC, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs. Liberal candidates Vikki Fitzgerald (Narre Warren North), Susan Serey (Narre Warren South), Darrel Taylor (Keysborough) were among other southeast metro candidates present.
Inga also took the opportunity to introduce Coalition candidates from various multicultural backgrounds. Gandhi Bevinakoppa from Clarinda, Virosh Perera, Candidate for Dandenong, and Kuldeep Kaur, recently endorsed candidate for South East Metro, were among those that addressed the audience.

- Advertisement -
Preeti Jabbal
Preeti Jabbal
Preeti is the Melbourne Coordinator of Indian Link.

Related Articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


Ep 9: What do young Indians want from love?

Growing up in Indian culture, most of us know that love has never been as popular as marriage. Even in the movies, the main...

Ep 8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s...

To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020 (between 8-15 November) I spoke to Yakunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann about her time in India where she taught...

Ep 7: In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput

  The torrid and high-octane Sushant Singh Rajput case has been fodder for Indian people and press for the last few months. The actor’s tragic...

Latest News

mitali modi with kamala harris

Shattering glass ceilings: Mitali Modi on working with Kamala Harris

  Emboldened to take action in an era of heightened political polarisation, racial unrest and an uncontainable pandemic, young Indian American Mitali Modi talks here...
The free dialysis centre in Delhi's Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. Source: @mssirsa/Twitter

Free-of-charge dialysis hospital at Delhi’s Bangla Sahib Gurudwara

  A 101-bedded dedicated free-of-charge kidney dialysis centre is up and running at the premises of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib in New Delhi. The Delhi Sikh Gurudwara...

We asked children around the world what they knew about COVID

  During the pandemic, children have been separated from family and friends, schools have been closed and there have been limitations on important activities, such...

Flexible work arrangements help women, but only if they are also...

  Flexible workplace policies designed to improve gender gaps in employment and pay might actually make things worse for women. Flexible work has been on offer...
Guess The Song rj ekta

LISTEN: Will you be the one to correctly guess this tune?

  Are you good with guessing tunes? Keen ear for rhythm and beats? RJ Ekta might've been able to stump you with this one. She recently...