Real Australia lives outside the media bubble

Real Australia lives outside the media bubble. By Chris Mitchell.

Reporting of attempts to reach a compromise on the [religious discrimination] Bill last week was so politicised Guardian Australia readers and ABC viewers could have been forgiven for not realising many of Labor’s most senior frontbenchers, especially in western Sydney, have never, and will never, publicly criticise the proposed reforms.

While media activists framed the debate as a question of gay and trans rights, Labor knows many of its own supporters in multicultural Australia care far more about their own freedom to send their children to schools that will impart the religious views their fees are paying for. …

This has always been a delicate issue of balancing competing rights: the rights of gay and trans children and the right to free religious expressions of faith. Yet much of the left media has been unable to prioritise religious freedom and seems able only to defend gay and trans students’ rights.

As several conservative commentators have pointed out, there are no obvious examples of religious schools expelling gay and trans students. …

Good on The Sydney Morning Herald last Wednesday for publishing a piece by lawyer John Steenhof of the Christian charitable lobby the Human Rights Law Alliance. He wrote: “Sadly, in modern Australia, almost 30 per cent of Australians have experienced discrimination because of their religion or religious views.” …

On ABC TV’s breakfast show, host Michael Rowland hectored Financial Services Minister Jane Hume demanding on three separate occasions, “Do you support private schools … having the ability to expel trans students?” …

The failure of the parliament and much of the media to come to terms with the need for a reform that was essentially a quid pro quo to religious Australians worried about gay marriage illustrates the damage that gesture politics and social media posturing are doing to our politics and media. Mainstream Australians do not want to injure gay or trans children, but they do support the rights of religious schools to insist teachers not campaign at work for things at odds with the faith of the school. …

Yet this issue and the other puerile scandals exercising journalists the past fortnight will have little effect on voters. …

People who think sending trans children in dresses to boys’ schools might not be such a great idea are apparently extremists. Try saying that to any of the parents at western Sydney’s Islamic schools.

Balance has no place in woke. At any moment there are the more-politically-correct identities, and the less favored identities, and the more PC people always win. Your character and behavior have nothing to do with it, so stop whinging and vote for the woke collective, comrade.