Abbott slams Qantas’s ‘corporate thought police’

Abbott slams Qantas’s ‘corporate thought police’, by Rachel Blaxendale.

The head of the Diversity Council says Qantas “should be applauded” for introducing an information pack which advises staff to refrain from using “gender-inappropriate” words such as “guys” or “chairman”. …

As well as warning against the use of gendered language, the Qantas document makes a foray into Australian history, advising employees to recognise the “reality” that “Australia was not settled peacefully”.

“Describing the arrival of the Europeans as a ‘settlement’ is a view of Australian history from the perspective of England rather than Australia. Instead of settlement, try ‘colonisation’, ‘occupation’ or ‘invasion’,” employees are advised.

They are also warned against using terms such as “husband” and “wife” and “mum and dad”, “which can reinforce the idea that people are always in heterosexual relationships”, advised to be mindful of “manterruptions”, when men interrupt women, and told to stop using terms of endearment such as “honey”, “darling”, or “love”, because they “often offend”. …

Tony Abbott responds:

Mr Abbott said the instructions were “political correctness that’s gone way over the top”.

“Frankly if companies like Qantas want to give their customers a better deal, they can scrap all these inclusion units, just scrap them, save the money because it’s just rubbish this idea that we need a corporate thought police,” he told 2GB. …

Mr Abbott said people should “calm down” over the use of terms of endearment such as “darling” or “love”. …

“I think that different people have different verbal mannerisms as it were, and I think that we should be pretty easygoing about them.”

Suppose we all complied with the current PC language edicts. What then? Would there be more? Would they ever stop?

hat-tip Stephen Neil