She’s outraged plenty of Australians with her opinions in the past, but that hasn’t stopped Yassmin Abdel-Magied returning to the country she once called an abusive boyfriend to receive a major award.
The 27-year-old, who once described herself as Australia’s most hated Muslim, jetted into Australia to pick up the Liberty Victoria Young Voltaire Award for being a role model. She was announced as the winner in March.
Taking to her Instagram page, the former ABC star admitted it had been nice returning home to Australia from London, and was conflicted by her own feelings about leaving again.
“Heading back to the Island Home is always a journey accompanied with mixed feels, but I feel the more often I do it, the less intense those emotions become,” she told her 32,2000 Instagram followers. “Perhaps I also grow older and wiser, perhaps the country becomes kinder? One can hope.”
Ah, Australia. . . . It’s been nice popping back for another visit. Heading back to the Island Home is always a journey accompanied with mixed feels, but I feel the more often I do it, the less intense those emotions become. Perhaps I also grow older and wiser, perhaps the country becomes kinder? One can hope… . . . Thanks to everyone who came through and supported at the #Voltaire2018 Awards, and for @TeaWithJamAndClare. The latter event was a curious one for me – I felt my responses offered little in the way of answers, but perhaps offered insight into my thinking at this point in my life, and I hope that was of value to some.Thank you for your kind and generous energy, your support, your words, your love. @jamilarizvi and @clarebowditch – you’re both legends. . . . I still don’t know how I feel about Australia and my place in the world. I feel sometimes that is pressure to resolve or relieve the tension – and believe me, I’m the first to want that – but in some way, that tension has been a gift. To live in liminal space for some time, to just wallow in the swamp of uncertainty… it’s an uncomfortable and unattractive state, but perhaps also a gift, in the most unlikely of packages. It’s a rare moment to take stock, and stocktake I shall. #WoolworthsEmployeeOfTheYear . . . Anyhow. Thanks y’all. See you again in September inshallah for the #MelbourneWritersFestival, and stay safe out there. I hear there are gangs. ???????? . . . #gifted @gormanclothing pants (new season stuff is ????!) and @obusclothing wool top that I adore. ???? . . . . #australia #wocinaustralia #ootd #hootd #sunshine #sudaniya #yasontour #fakesmile #happypoc #happywoc
She also said she wasn’t sure how she felt about Australia or her place in the world.
“I feel sometimes that is pressure to resolve or relieve the tension – and believe me, I’m the first to want that – but in some way, that tension has been a gift,” she continued. “To live in liminal space for some time, to just wallow in the swamp of uncertainty… it’s an uncomfortable and unattractive state, but perhaps also a gift, in the most unlikely of packages.”
The author promised she would be returning to Australia in September, but not before taking one final swipe at the country she once called home.
“Stay safe out there. I hear there are gangs,” she wrote in reference to the African gang violence in Melbourne and the huge political debate it has caused in recent months.
Aware of the controversy her social media posts, public statements and damning speeches had caused in Australia, the former engineer asked her online followers earlier this year if she’d be forgiven for her actions if she cried on television.
Not long after, she clarified that she doesn’t actually plan to apologise and wrote: “Oh and just one more thing – what does it take to be forgiven in the eyes of the mainstream Aussie media sentiment? If I cry on television, will that do the trick?
“Rest assured, I’m not interested in forgiveness. I’m just curious.”
The former ABC presenter caused mass outrage in Australia in 2017 when she turned Anzac Day into political fodder for her views on Australia’s treatment of refugees.
She wrote on Facebook: “Lest We Forget (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine …)”.
Her words were interpreted by many has a dig at Australia’s veterans and disrespectful to the sacrifices the diggers made in Gallipoli. As a result, her show Australia Wide was axed and she vowed to move to the United Kingdom to escape the hate she received for her comments.