Dutton, cringeworthy and (literally) un-Australian

Peter Dutton’s attempts to promote an “uprising” in support of Christmas, and against “political correctness gone mad” are un-Australian in all sorts of ways, but most obviously in the stunning cultural cringe they reflect. He’s borrowed the catchphrase of a British tabloid in an attempt to import a US culture war campaign that has been going on so long it’s a Christmas tradition in itself (I observed that it was old stuff, back in 2004). This guy is the best the Trumpist faction of the LNP/ON can come up with?

40 thoughts on “Dutton, cringeworthy and (literally) un-Australian

  1. I’ve always been of the view that Christian celebration shouldn’t be allowed in public government schools, in the same way that Hinduism or Islamic practises were never allowed. I feel that if people wish to celebrate it as Christians, then they are perfectly free to do so, just not on school time and not at the public school. That’s the expectation we hold for other major religions in Australia.

    Put another way, imagine the fit Peter Dutton would have if a public government school had its students practising some Hindu observances, including festivals and the like. Dutton would be apoplectic. So why the hypocrisy with respect to Christian observances and festive stuff?

  2. @Donald Oats

    Yes, the doctrine of separation of church and state would indicate that anything religious should be kept out of schools -so, for example, schools should not be allowed to celebrate religious holidays such as Xmas and Easter but should be required to be open and working on such days.

    I also remember when I was at school that we had to sing the British National Anthem on manifold occasions. And as we all know, her Britannic majesty is also head of Her Church of England and thus singing the British National Anthem is clearly a religious action and should also have been banned – now that we have the National Australian Dirge instead, that problem has fortuitously ended.

    But perhaps Mutton Dutton is really only complaining about the slow destruction of his world with the things that are meaningful to him being replaced by things that are meaningful to others. A bit like the situation in Britain (Brexit) and America (Trump) perhaps.

    I know in my own case that I resent the growing popularity of soccer and thus the declining popularity of Aussie Rules. There’s a whole wide world out there in which soccer can happily be “most popular”, but only one place in which the game I played at school and the sporting heroes I revered could be most popular. So, how long before Aussie Rules virtually disappears ? And will the world be a better place for it ?

  3. @GrueBleen
    I know in my own case that I resent the growing popularity of soccer and thus the declining popularity of Aussie Rules.

    Is Aussie Rules really in decline? I get the impression that the advent of the AFL improved its fortunes considerably. But otherwise – hell yeah! Sectarianism is much better when it’s about sport than religion – in fact, it’s actually fun. If you ask me, the real enemy of Aussie Rules is not the round-ball game, but that abomination practised by north-eastern barbarians known in their primitive tongue as “Rugby League”. πŸ˜‰

  4. @Tim Macknay

    Oh, can you still see the tags when you reply ? They’ve completely disappeared from my browser – hence no formatting from me until they reappear.

    But yes, Tim, Aussie Rules is in decline against soccer, and so are the Rugby codes. Just a couple of indicators:

    1. in the SMH of Nov 12 2013:
    “A big increase in the number of people playing soccer in Australia over the past three years has led to claims the game can soon become the biggest in the country.”

    2. In the Herald Sun of 23rd Feb, 2015:
    “NEARLY three times as many Australians play soccer as Aussie rules footy, but participation in sport generally is down, says the latest ABS data.”

    Now maybe the population of Australia is growing so lightning fast that regardless of the hugely preferential takeup of soccer, nonetheless, Aussie Rules is still powering ahead … or maybe at least still holding its own. What do you think ?

  5. @GrueBleen
    I didn’t realise soccer was surging to that extent – I wonder if the increase in popularity of women’s soccer has much to do with it. It appears to create something of a conundrum in that soccer may be becoming (or already be) the most popular code in terms of participation, but Aussie Rules is by far the most popular code in terms of spectatorship and attendance at professional games. I’m not sure what that means in the long term, but I don’t think Aussie Rules is in danger of disappearing as an Australian cultural institution, even if fewer people are playing it.

    In terms of participation, all the football codes seem to have been eclipsed by non-team and even non competitive sports or sporting activities like golf, martial arts and aerobics. In my parents’ generation (baby boomers), the choices of team sports in youth were AFAIK largely limited to Aussie Rules, Rugby Union and rowing for boys, and Netball and Hockey for girls. It’s a bit different nowadays.

  6. @GrueBleen
    re the tags – no, I can no longer see them either. I try to put the tags in manually when I remember, but the absence of the buttons makes it easy to forget.

  7. @Tim Macknay

    Pssst: cricket, mate. Still the favourite.

    Indeed ‘Rules’ is still the big one for spectatorship and attendance, but how long can it withstand the growing numerical superiority of soccer players and fans ? Yeah, there is now women’s soccer, and also women’s Aussie Rules so I’m not sure what any of that means.

    But otherwise, the growing takeup of soccer might just have something to do with the fact that all of our millions of migrants -including moms and kids – come from soccer states and places (except NZ, but they’re not Rules either). Apart from the fact that soccer is considered ‘gentler’ (which I guess it is aside from brain scrambling ‘headers’), it has a smaller team (especially compared to Rules) and a smaller, easier to get onto ground (again compared to Rules). And the capacity to earn orders of magnitude more money in international competition.

    So yes, I can foresee an end to Aussie Rules – it just has to fall below a critical threshold to become unsustainable – but hopefully not in what remains of my lifetime.

    I must say though, that back in my schooldays it was Rules, cricket, some athletics once a year and some swimming – plus a privileged few did tennis, but hardly anyone did golf (how many government schools had a golf course handy for Wednesday arvo sports period ?). Aah, the good ol’ daze.

  8. @hc

    It’s odd to me that a non-believer could like Xmas. I would think a person would have to be a believer either in Christianity, Capitalism or crass commercialism to like Xmas.

    As to treating people well, wouldn’t a real Christian endeavour to do that all year long?

    Meanwhile certain nations talk about peace and goodwill and then press the drone strike button.

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