Tickled Pink

When I read stories like this, I can’t help but get the impression that Australia is going to disappear up its own arse before too long:

The pink jersey worn by Australian rugby league referees is being scrapped as there is a feeling among officials that it undermines their authority.

So far, so meh.

But the move has come in for criticism for alienating certain groups.

Dr Tom Heenan, of the National Centre for Australian Studies, said: “I don’t think this move away from pink really supports social inclusion.”

Heenan told the BBC World Service that the change risks alienating the gay community and breast cancer awareness groups.

Leave aside for a moment the laughable idea that Australia is a tough, frontier nation and the even more laughable fact that certain of its menfolk go on holiday in Japan, aged 40, wearing a t-shirt saying “Harden the f*ck up!” on the front.

Really, people are going to become alienated by rugby league referees changing their shirt colour?  What a load of bollocks!  But it’s yet another example of the most patronising language deployed against any given group of people coming from those who profess to speak on their behalf.

I assume there are a lot of gays in Australia who like watching rugby league, and I doubt there is a single one who genuinely gives a shit that the referees are not going to wear pink any more.  Probably because, unlike the crude stereotype Dr Heenan is peddling, most gay men don’t go all giddy over the colour pink any more than they have limp wrists and wear bottomless chaps.

Then again, Dr Heenan is an academic.  Here’s what his profile at Monash University’s website says:

Tom believes that learning should be informative.

Just think: that is only the second most stupid Tom Heenan line I have posted today.

He likes nothing more than taking students on the road. His students sample life in Outback New South Wales. He introduces them to the mining community around Broken Hill, and the endless expanses of Eldee Station and the Mundi Mundi Plain.

They ride camels, visit the ghost town of Silverton and meet the indigenous custodians at Lake Mungo National Park. Students explore this and other Australian places and issues as part of Tom’s Australian Idols: Exploring Contemporary Australia unit.

I have no idea what Dr Heenan teaches, but his students would be forgiven for thinking they’d joined a rambler’s association by mistake.  I wonder what they get charged for this?

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13 thoughts on “Tickled Pink

  1. Tim, the grievance industry infests the entire developed world, not just Australia.

  2. ” I wonder what they get charged for this?” Oh, probably less than the taxpayer gets charged.

  3. @ Colin,

    Sure, and I am probably being a bit unfair for singling Australia out here. But a lot of this crap (plain packaging for cigarettes, compulsory cycle helmets) does tend to originate in Australia and then attempts are made to ram it through in the UK.

    @ dearieme,

    Indeed, I was tempted to ask what percentage of Dr Heenan’s salary is directly or indirectly paid by the taxpayer.

  4. I suspect that HE is personally upset by the colour change.

    This is where the progressives go when they can’t think of anything useful to say or do!

    I am stunned. This guy gets paid?

    Tim, it’s a tough job you are doing, and rather you than me. Ploughing through stuff like that is enough to put you off your breakfast.

    Crocodile Dundee, ha!

  5. What I particularly love is the way the Australian nanny-state uses Australian’s insecurity out their country to ram this stuff through. “If we do not do this, the rest of the world will laugh at our backwardsness”, and thus Australia becomes one of the first places in the world to do this stuff. Then you get Australians who come to Britain, express bafflement as to how many British cyclists break the law by not wearing a helmet, and then genuinely refuse to believe you when you tell them there is no such law over here. (I have actually encountered this).

  6. When we lived in Adelaide, South Australia had a law banning you from driving with any part of your body protruding from the vehicle. So if you had your window open and your elbow leaning on the frame, you would be breaking the law.

    When we were first told that we thought it was a tease for newcomers. But apparently not. They give in to fascistic stuff very easily, Australians.

  7. My recent Australian visitors were astonished to discover that people in the UK could sell produce from their garden without government approval or a health inspection by some bureaucrat. What really horrified them, however, was that one can buy fresh eggs at road-side stalls or car-boot markets. They were too scared to eat an egg that didn’t have a little stamp on it.

  8. @ Alex,

    That’s amusing, re the eggs. What added value does an egg inspector add, I wonder? You can’t really tell much about an egg without ruining the thing, and any egg that is too old to eat has a knack of letting people know the second it is cracked open. When it comes to natural good design, it doesn’t come much better than the egg.

  9. When I was a kid, we used to get most of our eggs from a relative with a smallholding with livestock, including loads of chickens (obviously).

    My mother ran a safety check on these before using them by cracking each egg into a cup before pouring it into the mixing bowl. The bad ones didn’t get used.

    Isn’t fortunate that the government have saved her so much time and effort by inventing an entire department to replace that activity?

    But yes, Australia is the Olympic Gold Medal winner in the “being offended by nothing whatsoever” event.

  10. Ummm….. you mean there is someone, somewhere, who does NOT crack eggs into a separate cup before mixing them into anything?

    What’s next? Someone who doesn’t do the float test on eggs?

  11. @ TNA,

    My mother ran a safety check on these before using them by cracking each egg into a cup before pouring it into the mixing bowl. The bad ones didn’t get used.

    Indeed, mainly so you don’t end up putting a bad egg on top of 5 good ones. But bad eggs are very rare in any case, at least in my experience. Quite why the government needs to be involved I don’t know.

  12. “When I read stories like this, I can’t help but get the impression that Australia is going to disappear up its own arse before too long. ”

    Highly likely, and the rest of the world wouldn’t notice for a few days. Let’s waste ink on BS like this rather than tackle the hard stuff.

  13. The Pink Movement is a true political agenda with a powerful lobby and everyone has been forced to accept it like some kind of religious dogma, unfortunately it is now spreading into many male sports around the world such as American Football, Rodeos, Cricket and more. It’s not as if the members of a synchronised swimming team would start wearing black armbands to raise awareness for testicular cancer either. Good riddance to the pinko movement, but I don’t think we have seen the last of it.

    Edwina Curry must be furious that you can now buy eggs on the side of the narrow cobbled hedge lined roads of Blighty and maybe she was also wrong when she said that northerners were dying of ignorance and chips.

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