Exclusive language, gender-based language or inappropriate language, has as much a deleterious or disadvantaged effect as something where you’re saying something blatantly inappropriate to another human being,” General Morrison told ABC News Breakfast. The #WordsAtWork campaign video depicts a group of women rolling their eyes at being called “girls” by a male colleague.He aims to crack down on language which excludes minority groups. What minority groups? Guys or girls covers all the groups. There are only two if we are talking about gender. It doesn’t matter what your sexual proclivities are; it doesn’t matter how you identify, the vast majority of humans are born male or female. Yes, there hermaphrodites, babies born with Congenital adrenal hypoplasia, Gonadal dysgenesis or Androgen insensitivity syndrome but seriously how often will someone have occasion to address a group of these poor people in the workplace? If this very unlikely chance come your way I’m sure everyone would be talking about how to address them and one simply takes heed of context. But in the workplace I think we can assume everyone is either male or female and thus could be addresses by any generic term that doesn’t offend. If you are offended by being referred to as a girl or guy then better you seek employment at a University where these matters are deemed important. In the real world they don’t count, which, thinking about it, describes David Morrison
Stupid letters to the Editor.
It is both bemusing and amusing to read once again about the supposed weakness of wind power being that the wind doesn’t always blow (Letters, 6/1). It doesn’t always rain, but every time I turn the tap on, water comes out.
A group of white Americans occupy government property and get called “militiamen” yet, if a group of Muslims did the same thing, they would be “terrorists”. Go figure.
Species name: (Cacophis harriettae)Weakly venomous
Other Common names: Crowned Snake.They go on to say;
Not considered dangerous to humans. All crowned snakes are reluctant biters, relying more on bluff display than bite. They are weakly venomous and have tiny mouths and short fangs. They will generally rear up & ‘mock strike’ with mouth closed, more of a ‘head butt’. If bitten, as with any snake bite, apply correct first aid and seek medical attention.All OK, no fang marks but it made me wary. Big tough old soldier weakens at the knees when confronted with snakes and it matters not at all that he wasn’t even half a meter long. Possibly they are the most abundant of Brisbane’s smaller snake species and they are nocturnal which might explain why I have never, ever seen one. Keep an eye out for the little critters.
Archbishop of Hobart Julian Porteus was initially singled out in a complaint by transgender Greens political candidate Martine Delaney that she felt humiliated and that he had breached the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act by circulating a booklet to the parents of Catholic school students called “Don’t mess with Marriage”. Ms Delaney, who has changed from a male to a female and lives in a same-sex relationship with a woman, said she was humiliated by the booklet which only paid “lip service” to showing respect to same-sex attracted Australians but actually sent out negative messages about them.A transgender Greens political candidate who has changed from a male to a female and lives in a same-sex relationship with a woman is always going to be offended and humiliated. Perpetually! Read an article about a hetero couple. OMG, how humiliating. An article about live cattle export. OMG, how humiliating. If I emailed her and told her I drive a V8 she would be upset as well. Now the rules of debate on the SSM issue have been set. If you think any gender can marry any gender, and there is apparently more than two nowadays, all well and good. If you don’t, stand by to be called in front of a Kangaroo Court or Anti Discrimination Commission. She seems to afraid of debate and is trying to shut it down. Why? Maybe because most of the country doesn’t care and she knows it. We have bigger issues to deal with and harping from the perpetually offended SSM/Green Activist crowd doesn’t help their cause.
“Muslim-Australians and the knowledge and the values they bring to the workforce are a key and essential component of a successful Team Navy.”Wow, just Wow. I get the feeling that the Vice Admiral wouldn’t be saying that at a dinner held at the War Memorial for say, Catholics and or Protestants. In fact I doubt there ever would be a dinner celebrating main stream religions. We are, after all, a secular society. Dinner at the AWM. Hmm. The memorial was designed to commemorate the sacrifice of Australians who have served their country. It was never thought of as a temple to political correctness. Bernard Gaynor goes into more detail than I do and like me yearns for a day when the military defended the country without politically correct language. During my time I served under more simple rules.
The role of the infantry is to seek out and close with the enemy, to kill or capture him, to seize and hold ground, to repel attack, by day or night, regardless of season, weather or terrain.There were no riders that mentioned ” in a gender equal manner” or ” in between praying to Allah five times a day” or “dressed modestly with Hijab if applicable” Poor show Admiral.
Then there was s humour and a larrikinism that Eames noted would not be tolerated in today’s highly regulated, closely scrutinised environment. These included the exploits of former RAAF transport pilot Ross Biddulph. Biddulph’s legend was born flying a DH-84 Dragon from Kainantu to Lae in New Guinea. After realising he’d left his Craven A cigarettes in the back of the plane, Biddulph, desperate for a puff, decided he would set the aircraft on a level cruise and dart through the cabin to retrieve them. “Apparently Dragons dislike people rapidly appearing behind the centre of gravity because the wretched plane reared up like a Wodehouse salmon and set course for Jupiter,” Biddulph wrote in a letter. “Almost immediately it stalled and, forgetting all about Jupiter, screamed straight down towards Nadzab (a PNG village). “Shortly afterwards I arrived in the flight deck area, spreadeagled against the instrument panel like a butterfly and covered in thousands of Craven As.’’ Worse for Biddulph was the fact that Qantas’s chief pilot in the region, Bill Forgan-Smith, was flying a DC-3 1000ft behind and above him.It’s behind the paywall but if you subscribe go read the piece. It is entertaining and a window into an earlier life
Q&A was quite boring last night without a Coalition MP on – a bit like the Christian not turning up to the colosseum to meet the lions …And do spare a thought for the battalions of Twitter front line troops, trigger fingers poised to send of another volley of insane and inane abuse aimed squarely at the Abbott government. Personally I think it’s a good idea for Coalition MPs to give Q & A the flick. Most viewers tune in hoping for a gotcha moment engineered by Tony Jones so getting a rational message over to these people is pointless – they are watching for the sport. Someone suggested that by not appearing on the show the Coalition is missing out on getting their message over to a million rural viewers. That presumes that rural viewers get their politics from Q & A which is obviously not the case. I say starve them of oxygen…let them remain what they have always been – a platform for the dissemination of left wing views for the luvvies. By the Left for the Left. Meanwhile, this comment by Ray Martin, appointed to investigate Q & A, bodes ill for any balanced results as he raises his pro ALP colours up the flag pole
“I’d like to see what happened last year, the year before rather, when there was a Labor government. I expect Tony Jones was just as tough on the Labor government as he has been on the Coalition right now. I think a Bex and a good lie down may help at the moment.”Not so, Ray. He goes on to suggest Barnaby Joyce should have ignored Abbott’s direction not to appear on the show.
“I just think it’s so silly to do it. I would have thought that Barnaby Joyce who wasn’t on last night should have said (to Abbott) look I’m not a member of the Liberal party, I’m a member of the National Party, I can do what I like, and go and do it.”Nothing will come of the investigation while Ray is involved. A slap on the wrist at most and “lets move on, nothing to see here” The only answer to the ABCs bias is to not debate the issues with them. I mean to say – who has ever heard of a Left winger being converted and involved in rational debate.