Talk:List of Lebanese people in Australia

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Politicians?[edit]

How come Eddie Obeid and Karl Bitar arent listed as politicians? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 123.211.128.50 (talk) 01:36, 2 March 2011 (UTC)

I don't really know the rules Wikipedia uses to define politician. Do you have to have been elected to a parliament or council? So yeah, don't know if Bitar counts, but Obeid definitely should be added as he has held office. Mkultraviolence (talk) 10:27, 9 March 2016 (UTC)

What about criminals?[edit]

Should there be a section for criminals? On 23 February 2014 someone removed a convicted terrorist from the list suggesting there's no point and a separate list of Lebanese criminals should be created. I don't think anyone did. But there are Lebanese Australian criminals who are notable e.g. Tony Mokbel, should they be included here? I ask because this list is positive and no one wants to reinforce negative stereotypes which apply particularly to Lebanese Australians, but if the criteria is notability then they should be on the list? And personally I'd rather see criminals listed as criminals than "businessmen." Mkultraviolence (talk) 11:52, 9 March 2016 (UTC)

Mark Saliba[edit]

Who is he? It looks like a couple of friends of his added him and are one-upping each other with descriptions. Please cite proof he's at least as notable as Candy Royalle or he's getting deleted from this list. And the Punchbowl article. Mkultraviolence (talk) 12:26, 9 March 2016 (UTC)

Requested move 9 March 2016[edit]

The following is a closed discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. Editors desiring to contest the closing decision should consider a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: Not moved; suggest another RM for List of Lebanese Australians or other options if you still think a move is needed. (non-admin closure) Dicklyon (talk) 01:24, 19 April 2016 (UTC)



List of Lebanese people in AustraliaList of Australian people of Lebanese descent – Consistent with category title. "Lebanese people in Australia" is offensive and divisive, as if someone's Lebanese descent confers permanent otherness on them forever mutually exclusive from Australianness. This is obviously not the case. Almost everyone on this list is Australian. Australian born, raised, residing, allegiance to, etc. Many don't have and wouldn't qualify for Lebanese citizenship. In short, are not Lebanese. Lebanese Australian, yes, but not "Lebanese people." "Lebanese people in Australia" sounds like tourists or someone just passing through, who doesn't belong and came from Lebanon and will return to Lebanon. Mkultraviolence (talk) 13:01, 9 March 2016 (UTC) --Relisted. sst✈ 16:05, 20 March 2016 (UTC)

Hi, thanks for your welcome message and your comments here. I have considered "Lebanese Australians" but I disagree with you though for the following reasons: 1. Just because "X Americans" is the standard in the US, we shouldn't apply US standards to Australian articles. Using someone else's standards got us in the mess in the first place as you can see from List of Lebanese people (diaspora) you can see a list of lists all in the format "List of Lebanese people in X" which is definitely wrong for this list and probably for a lot of the other countries too, but was probably right for the country of the person who created the lists. 2. Lebanese Australian is a subjective identity while being of Lebanese descent is an objective fact. To be included on a list of Lebanese Australians, one should self-identify as a Lebanese Australian which can be hard to verify. To be of Lebanese descent one only needs to satisfy the criteria of having a Lebanese ancestor. 3. It's more descriptive than the current title. The current title does not accurately describe the content of the list. None of those people are "Lebanese in Australia." "Lebanese Australian" is also too esoteric. 4. It is the most inclusive term. It doesn't leave out any naturalised Australian because they are still of Lebanese descent, regardless of whether they are Australian by birth or migration.
I agree that List of Lebanese Australians is redirecting to the wrong article and should be redirecting to List of Lebanese people in Australia (renamed to List of Australian people of Lebanese decent) and that a link should be put on Lebanese Australians to the list article rather than duplicating a list in an article.
Mkultraviolence (talk) 10:47, 22 March 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for your further explication, but your solution does not fix any of the original points raised, and regardless of whether or not Lebanese Australian is "a subjective identity while being of Lebanese descent is an objective fact" is true, either requires a reliable source, since the Wikipedia is not based on absolute truth, but instead upon reliable sources. Your comments seem to impugn the validity of the title for the Lebanese Australians article as well; but the lead sentence there is very clear: Lebanese Australians refers to citizens or permanent residents of Australia of Lebanese ancestry. I still oppose your proposed target, but agree with a stand alone list referenced from the Lebanese Australians article. --Bejnar (talk) 18:33, 22 March 2016 (UTC)
I feel like we're going round in circles. I have explained very clearly how this move would fix the problems and you keep saying it doesn't without telling me how or why. Obviously everything on Wikipedia needs to be verifiable, that's why the proposed name is better. Because it is verifiable. If we required everyone to be verified as Lebanese Australian you would need proof they identified this way. You would lose half the names on the list. Fact is, Lebanese Australian is not a widely used term in Australia, it's just how you do it in America. Colloquially, the term is simply Lebanese. And this is problematic as all hell for the reasons raised earlier, colloquialisms are not appropriate in an encyclopaedia and it's confusing because in context in Australia it obviously means Australians with a Lebanese background that is not clear on an international encyclopaedia. Australian Lebanese is used just as frequently as Lebanese Australian. And what is the difference? I don't even know. "Am I Australian Lebanese or Lebanese Australian?" asks Sophie in Hate is Such a Strong Word[1] without even explaining the difference, yet there is obviously a difference. One means more Australian than Lebanese, the other more Lebanese than Australian, she just doesn't tell us which one. Personally I'd rather be called Lebanese Australian because "Australian" is the noun, that's what I am. Yet another may prefer Australian Lebanese because "Australian" comes first. People will read that into the title, regardless of an explanatory sentence which cannot define how the term is actually understood in society. That's why Australians of Lebanese descent/background/heritage/whatever is better. It gets the best of both worlds. Australian comes first and Australian is the noun. It follows preferred terms like "people of colour" and "people with a disability." Anyhow, Sophie decides she's just fine with "Leb." Increasingly, I am too. Really have half a mind just to call this "List of Lebs."
Specifics: @Mkultraviolence: You say as if someone's Lebanese descent confers permanent otherness on them forever mutually exclusive from Australianness. and turn around and suggest a title with "people of Lebanese descent". I say that using the concept that you object to in the title does not solve the problem. You say Lebanese Australian is a subjective identity, but as it is defined in the first lead sentence of the article as specifically X, for the purposes of the article it is not subjective. --Bejnar (talk) 00:22, 24 March 2016 (UTC)
OK, the reason why this title is otherising is because it refers to these Australians as "Lebanese people" thereby robbing them of their Australianness. My proposed title does solve this problem by referring to these Australians as "Australian people." And I don't see why it's better to use a vague term as an article title that we then clarify with a sentence, when we can just use the language of that sentence as the article title. It's a lot clearer and it's not up to wikipedia to define a term for the purpose of an article when that definition may be at odds with its use in society. Mkultraviolence (talk) 00:23, 25 March 2016 (UTC)
Stand alone lists are required to define their scope, since very few terms used in titles are not subject to a variety of interpretations. Even when the selection criteria might seem obvious to some, an explicit standard is often helpful to both readers, to understand the scope, and other editors, to reduce the tendency to include trivial or off-topic entries. (see WP:Stand alone lists). I still oppose the target for the original reasons stated above. List of Lebanese Australians is a better target if change is required. --Bejnar (talk) 15:22, 13 April 2016 (UTC)

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  1. ^ Ayoub, Sarah (2013). Hate is Such a Strong Word. Sydney: HarperCollins. p. 239. ISBN 9780732296841.