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Aug 25, 2017

Behind the scenes at one halal of an evening with Sam Dastyari and Gillian Triggs

Sam Dastyari and Gillian Triggs got together for an interesting conversation at the University of Sydney. Irfan Yusuf takes us through the highlights of the event.

Irfan Yusuf — Lawyer, author and commentator

Irfan Yusuf

Lawyer, author and commentator

It was a dark and lightly chilly evening at the University of Sydney last night. Though the bright lights and ducted heating were certainly working at the Holme Building, scene of an impending chinwag between former Sydney Law School Dean and Human Rights Tsar Gillian Triggs and Labor Senator and freshly minted author Sam Dastyari. The trigger for this event was the publication of Sam’s halal-certified memoir. But everyone expected much more would be revealed as the night progressed.

At the entrance, I was immediately accosted by an enthusiastic young man of Daily Mail reporter appearance who told me and anyone within a very broad earshot that I was a famous person. He then proved how much he knew about me by rattling off some names from my past centuries as an amateur politician, before latching onto the senator and following him into the drinks room where a host of blokes in suits (including a former Young Liberal bloke I recognised) were standing around looking important.

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2 thoughts on “Behind the scenes at one halal of an evening with Sam Dastyari and Gillian Triggs

  1. Rais

    Dastyari comes from a Shiah background and I’m Sunni but I was taught that if someone identifies as Muslim it’s nobody’s business to say they’re not. Unless they openly espouse beliefs that aren’t compatible with Islam. So a non-praying Muslim who drinks beer shouldn’t be contradicted if he claims to be a “non-practising Muslim.”

    1. AR

      Given the region his family comes from – the NW hills near the Turkish/Iraq borders – and the politics of his parents, the chances are that he is Alveri which means heretic to the other two main brands.

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