Tuesday 7th of July 2020

to PC or not PC?


Australia has become too politically correct and we are far too sensitive now, according to ABC chair Ita Buttrose.

Key points:
  • Ms Buttrose says PC culture took "spontaneity" out of the workplace
  • She urges Australians to reembrace a larrikin spirit
  • Says she resents ABC critics who "constantly harp" about the broadcaster


Australia also needs to bring back the larrikin spirit and display it proudly, she said.

The ABC has this week launched the Australia Talks national survey, which includes responses from 54,000 people about their attitudes, behaviours and experiences.

It includes a question about whether Australia has become too politically correct, and Ms Buttrose is adamant it has.

"I agree 100 per cent. I agree 100 per cent, that we don't talk to each other the way we used to," she said.

"Even in the workplace, the way men and women used to talk to one another, which was quite fun, I think, doesn't exist today.

"When I think of some of the conversations I used to have with Sir Frank Packer, for instance, they simply wouldn't happen today."


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This is from Larry Pickering, c 1972, when the ACT wanted to tax toilet seats...


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And this one from Larry Pickering:




declare yourself a hate-filled bigot and be done with it...

Hoisted by their own petards: Trudeau and BBC stumble on their own liberal credentials

By Simon Rite — a writer based in London for RT, in charge of several projects including the political satire group #ICYMI. Follow him on Twitter @SiWrites

Racism is disgusting, deplorable, and indefensible, but with the way the rules of prejudice are changing, it might just be easier to declare yourself a hate-filled bigot and be done with it.

Take poor old Justin Trudeau, Canada’s liberal leader who definitely is not a racist, and I know that because he spends every waking moment telling anyone who will listen that he’s not.  

At least, he’s not racist now, but may have been in 2001, which is when he was photographed attending an Arabian Nights theme party wearing racist makeup which we now know as ‘brownface,’ but back then was apparently known as ‘a little bit of fun.’ 

Well, it turns out he was having quite a lot of fun, because hot on the tail of the ‘brownface’ controversy were more pictures of the Canadian Prime Minister in ‘blackface.’ How many times has he done this? Actually he can’t remember. Seriously.

This is awkward for any politician, but Trudeau defines himself by being ‘woker than woke’ so this is all particularly sticky for him. In response, he’s resorting to the surge tactics perfected by George W Bush during the Iraq War, although instead of a surge in the number of troops, he is surging his wokeness and blaming ‘white privilege’ for his indiscretions. I wonder whether it was his ‘white privilege’ that persuaded him to keep his racist party days quiet while he was asking voters to elect him in 2015?

The real victims here are the liberal voters (literally, they’re all victims of something) who had grown comfortable with Trudeau, who offered a virtue-signalling candidate they could put their cross next to in the ballot box, and then go home with a warm, fuzzy feeling inside.  

However, a number of polls after the brownface saga suggest Trudeau has actually lost support ahead of next month’s general election while the Conservatives are moving ahead.

That’s right, there are some liberals who are so angry that their champion has not been able to live up to the impossible standards they set, that they’re switching to the Conservatives. The left really does love to see its leaders hoisted by their own petards.

So, if the likes of Canada’s Woke Wonder get tripped up by these rules, then what chance is there for the rest of us? Perhaps the most fun to watch at the moment is the BBC constantly trying, and failing, to disguise its liberal bias.

For example, the British broadcaster found its presenter Naga Munchetty in breach of its editorial guidelines after she expressed anger at Donald Trump telling four ethnic minority congresswomen to ‘go back’ to their own countries.  

Munchetty said on air that she was furious and regarded the US President’s comments as “embedded in racism.” The BBC decided she had not been impartial enough and gave her a telling off. Only then, 150 ethnic minority broadcasters wrote an angry letter to the corporation saying Munchetty should not be required to be impartial about issues of racism and accused the Beeb of “racially discriminatory treatment” of its presenter.

It’s just exhausting, isn’t it?

In a nutshell, the BBC, a deeply liberal organisation, tries to cover up its bias by censuring a presenter who criticised what she saw as racism, only to end up accused of racism itself.

While in Canada, Trudeau fights back from claims that he was racist in the past by blaming his whiteness. 

These debacles show how few people are able to just be comfortable in their own skin without being attacked by their own side, let alone the opposition.

Life is so much easier for Conservatives as outrage culture ravages the liberal left. I point you to British Tory MP Sir Desmond Swayne, who in the wake of the Trudeau scandal has come out of the closet and proudly told the world that he too once blacked up as soul legend James Brown for a fancy dress party and would not be apologising for it any time soon.  


I would guess being unapologetic will be a vote winner too. 


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non PC advertising in sweden...

According to the newly-founded company Etablissemanget, political correctness is harming clients and businesses alike and is about to “derail completely”.

Etablissemanget, a new Swedish advertising agency, is set to revolutionise the branch by intentionally avoiding “intersectionality, feminism, post-Marxism and norm criticism” and other “destructive ideologies”.

The company was founded by creative director Jonas WE Andersson, a former lecturer in graphic design at the Stockholm University of Arts, Crafts and Design (Konstfack) and Magnus Fermin, a producer and award-winning composer.

The agency's values are described as “conservative and humanistic” with “great love for Sweden and Swedish culture”.

According to Andersson, the world they both love, the cultural world, is completely closed to them and their likes. He described the entire industry as “ideologically poisoned”, admitting that his company is unlikely to get a single assignment within the culture sector.


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nuts about nutella...

The Ferrero group, which owns the brand Nutella, has decided to withdraw its adverts placed before the talk show Zemmour and Naulleau on Paris Première, after being remonstrated on Twitter. Right-wing personalities have now come to the fore to condemn the withdraw.

In a tweet published on October 7, the group Ferrero, owner of the brand Nutella, said it would not broadcast more advertising before the show Zemmour and Naulleau (Paris Première). "Due to recent events, we asked Paris Première to exclude this program from our avertising list," said the French Twitter account of the Italian agri-food group.

This decision follows a demand, on October 3, by the French Twitter account of the Sleeping Giants, which defines itself as "a citizen collective fight against the financing of hate speech". This injunction was part of the controversy provoked by the recent speech of Eric Zemmour during the convention of the right, dealing in particular with immigration and Islam and which indignant many journalists and Internet users.

"By placing your adverts on Paris Première this Wednesday, October 2, during [Eric] Zemmour's show, you endorse and finance it. Is this deliberate?", asked the Sleeping Giants, condemning the Ferrero group on Twitter.

"In no way do we endorse the words and statements of Mr. [Eric] Zemmour. We did have a spot before the show. Our media agency knew neither the content nor the programming at the time when it realized our media purchases with Paris Première", tweeted back the Ferrero group before announcing its decision to exclude the broadcast in question from his advertising.

Right-wing and RN personalities have called for the boycott of Nutella


Welcomed by the Sleeping Giants, the Ferrero group's decision, on the other hand, outraged officials and politicians on the right of the political spectrum — some of whom called for a boycott of Ferrero products — and in particular the Nutella brand.

"I prefer the courage of a [Eric] Zemmour even if I do not share all his views to your cowardice in the face of a pressure group that wants to muzzle freedom of expression in France! For my part, never again Ferrero products!" said, for example, the European Republican representative (LR), Nadine Morano.


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Translation by Jules Letambour.


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The killing of four police officers by a Muslim convert in the Police headquartrs in Paris did not help the discussion...


Remember when the Daily Telegraph was promoting Turdy Abbott as "Christ the Australian saviour" above an advert for a free jar of Nutella... The real headline was "Australia needs him"... modified by Gus as "Australia needs Nuts".... This lasted till this one:


The dope is gone...


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when anti-hate people hate the freedom of speech in sweden...

Sweden's Jagarhar (#Iamhere), a left-leaning pro-government non-profit, dubbed by The Guardian "the online love army", was meant to fight "hate speech" on the web. However, crossing Jagarhar's path has cost a Swedish academic her career and later led to an abrupt arrest.

On 16 October 2019, Swedish scientist Bilyana Martinovski, Associate Professor in Human-Machine Interaction and PhD in Linguistics with an excellent 27-year academic record, was abruptly arrested at Stockholm Airport on her arrival from a vacation in Egypt. After being taken into custody by a total of about 10 armed policemen the academic was taken to a remote police station.

The only question she had was "Did they mistake me for a terrorist?"

Like any other law abiding Swedish citizen the professor believed that she had the right to due process. However, by Martinovski's account, law enforcement officials treated her rudely and tactlessly not allowing her to be accompanied by a witness, explaining nothing and searching her body and belongings. She, furthermore, recollects that she was questioned without a lawyer being present.

The professor was taken by surprise: she had never been treated like this before. Martinovski is a Yugoslavian-born Bulgarian she has lived in Sweden for many years and was employed by Gothenburg University and later Stockholm University. She also spent eight years in the US, working for the University of California, Santa Barbara, and University of Southern California.  

"They never mentioned any law articles or codes, didn't serve me with a call for interrogation or a reason for such a call, didn't even show me any documents authorising my arrest and interrogation, didn't give me access to the police report, or to the prosecutors' decision or to formulations of crimes they suspected me of, nothing", she says.

After keeping the academic at the police station for hours law enforcement officials eventually took DNA samples without asking for her consent.

She was released late at night and cast out of the police building into the dark cold streets of a suburban Stockholm area completely unknown to her.

The Gothenburg police office that is investigating the Martinovski case did not provide any details on the circumstances of the professor's sudden arrest to a Sputnik journalist.

"The public prosecutor, Sara Toreskog, who is the person in charge of this investigation has decided not to give out anything regarding the investigation for now. This because it is an ongoing investigation", Criminal Inspector Susanna Carlsen wrote on 28 October in response to the journalist's request for information.

Martinovski recalls that after the DNA sampling, the police officer read her the following sentence: "You are here because you are a suspect of a libel on Twitter against Kajsa Klein [Jagarhar communications leader] which caused her distress ('ofredande') in the period between September 2017 and [March or May] 2018'".

Jagarhar: The "Online Love Army" Silencing Dissenting Views

Klein is a member of Jagarhar, a pro-government network of tens of thousands of volunteers monitoring social media that was founded by Iranian-born Swedish journalist Mina Dennert on 13 May 2016. The organisation's declared aim is to fight hatred and xenophobia on the web. To that end Jagarhar holds social media debates, writes articles, delivers lectures, carries out investigations, and reports "questionable" web content to the authorities.

The group quickly came to prominence being lauded in the Swedish government's 2017 action plan "To the defence of the free word" ("Till det fria ordets försvar") as a viable tool to fight online extremism. Samhällsnytt reporter Egor Putilov – an alias for Swedish journalist Martin Dahlin – revealed that Swedish celebrities and even some government officials had joined the network's ranks.

Jagarhar's campaigns, however, are very often directed at journalists, opinion makers, and debaters on the conservative and libertarian half of Sweden's political spectrum, Dahlin noted referring to Swedish authors Katerina Janouch and Ann Heberlein, who have also been targeted by the anti-hate group.

One of the issues of particular interest to Jagarhar is migrant-related crimes, the discussion of which has been regarded as racism and right-wing extremism by the group, as a Jagarhar insider outlined in his/her story published by Janouch in her blog Katerina Magasine in July 2017.

Ann Heberlein, a co-author of "Tyst! Hotet mot yttrandefriheten" ("Quiet! The threat to freedom of speech"), highlighted that the "anti-hate" group had reported about 700 people to the police for thoughts they've expressed online. Police reports, in some cases with convictions, have hit many undeservedly, the journalist argued.



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The Liberal National Party (LNP) has suspended three members of its Young LNP over a video posted online showing one of its branch leaders smirking at a racist slur.

Key points:
  • The video has been deleted from the Young LNP Facebook page
  • The LNP president's committee has suspended the three young men involved
  • State Labor Environment Minister Leanne Enoch called the incident "disturbing"


The video was published on the Gold Coast Young LNP Facebook page on Monday night and has since been deleted.

It has drawn widespread criticism including scathing comments from senior members of the Queensland Government.

In the snippet, Gold Coast Young LNP chairman Barclay McGain begins by interviewing schoolies in the Surfers Paradise mall about a range of issues including what they think of the Prime Minister and the national anthem.

"Australian national flag and national anthem, keep it or ditch it?," he asks in the video.

He can then be seen laughing after one teenager's comments about Indigenous cultures.

"Personally, I'm fed up with having all these sport stars stand out on our stages and not sing the national anthem," the teenager said.

"They're putting our Australian jumper on, they're going to sing the anthem.

"I mean, we've got to stop celebrating a culture that couldn't even invent the bloody wheel for God's sake — we've got to start enjoying and living in western culture."

The teenager who made the comment has previously campaigned for the LNP.

The LNP issued a statement on Tuesday morning, saying all involved in the video would face "internal disciplinary" action.

"The post was removed and the members involved will be subject to the LNP's internal disciplinary process," the statement said.

"All LNP members are expected to uphold the values of the party at all times.

"The Liberal National Party, as well as its predecessor parties, have proudly embraced the history and culture of Indigenous Australians, and advanced more than any other party Indigenous representation in the Australian Parliament."

The ABC understands the decision to suspend the trio was made at a meeting of the LNP president's committee, ahead of the next meeting of the state executive, which has the ultimate power to decide their fate.

At a press conference, Queensland LNP leader Deb Frecklington faced several questions about the incident but only said it was "inappropriate and the party is taking action".

'Disturbing on many levels': Minister

State Labor Environment Minister Leanne Enoch, who is proud of her Quandamooka heritage said the video was "disturbing on many levels".

"The Opposition leader needs to call out these statements for what they are and that's racist," she said.

"These kinds of views should not be allowed to simmer within any organisation.


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