Paying politically correct lip service to multiculturalism has become one of our great Australia Day traditions.
The Opposition used the occasion to outline a nebulous thing called ‘post-multiculturalism’, which is sort of like multiculturalism but with less diversity and more dog whistling.
Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison wrote in The Australian that immigrants should join us – but not change us. Slip in quietly please, leave your own customs and traditions at the door.
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I’m not the sort of person who would normally chuckle in delight at a child’s be-sloganned t-shirt.
They’re generally nauseating endorsements of the parents’ lack of irony or self awareness, or weirdly sexualised. Many seem to reference boobs, and while boobs are funny and there’s comedy to be had in their dual function as funbags and milk containers, with babies maybe just stick to the milk stuff.
But this t-shirt – ‘Am I rockin’ my extra chromosome, or what?’ – made me chuckle. I saw it pop up on Facebook yesterday and it’s available in different designs at a bunch of websites.
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Positive discrimination is, if not dead, at least on life support with an overeager nurse reaching for the off switch.
That’s according to a decent-sized survey out today that found two thirds of Australia’s bosses will not mandate that females be included in shortlists for senior management positions.
I reckon I wouldn’t be alone in turning a blind eye to that nurse, and wanting quotas put out of their misery. There are much better ways to achieve workplace diversity.
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This mural has appeared in the trendy Sydney suburb of Newtown.
It was painted by the owner of the property, shop owner Sergio Redegalli who also, apparently, has a ban-the-burqa bumper sticker.
Locals have complained and council officials have visited the owner to talk to him about removing but have said in a statement that legally their hands are tied. There’s a pretty simple freedom of speech issue at play here: should it be painted over?