Scrapping gender 'attack on Aussie way of life': MP
A SUNSHINE COAST MP has blasted bureaucrats for scrapping gender from Queensland driver's licences, describing it as an attack on Australia's culture and way of life.
In a Facebook video message, which has had had more than 10,000 views over the weekend, Federal Member for Fairfax Ted O'Brien called on the community to 'push back' on the political correctness threatening Australian values.
"We need to start talking about these things because they are under threat by an overreach of political correctness," Mr O'Brien said.
"2017 ended with Christmas apparently causing offence and so you had bureaucrats suggesting children perhaps shouldn't send each other Christmas cards.
"And you had major retail outlets rebranding the Christmas tree as the white forest tree.
"... 2018 begins and now apparently it's people's gender causing offence.
"Use of the words boys and girls, ladies and gentleman are off limits for the Commonwealth Games.
"And now identification as being male or female is being cut from our driver's licences.
"There is such a thing as a slippery slope and an overreach of political correctness is putting us on it.
"As a community we need to push back - our culture, our way of life is worth protecting.''
Is removing information like gender from drivers licences political correctness gone too far?
This poll ended on 22 January 2018.
Yes, it's ridiculous.
No, it's about showing respect to others.
The less personal information I have to give the government, the better.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
The video post attracted more than 130 comments, more than 450 likes, loves and angry reactions, and 85 shares.
David Cuthill wrote: "Way too much pandering to minorities to the ridiculous extent that bureaucrats ignore the fact that most of the time a majority interest group may also be offended by something.
"By all means recognise and respect minority groups and interests but why go overboard in pandering to their demands?"
Samuel Rieger wrote: "Spot on Ted. Come on doesn't everyone think that volunteers at the Commonwealth games not being able to say simple terms like 'guys please move over this way' just because it has guys in it a bit silly?"
Lexley Roberts posted: "Thankyou Ted for verbalising how many of us feel.Your fellow politicians need to understand that many of us are offended by not being able to identify as woman wife mother. The message must be taken to the Prime Minister and the Public Servants."
Others, however, were not impressed.
Jenni Radke wrote: "Why I don't vote LNP. Grow up and be tolerant of other human beings. We aren't going back to the 1950s! Like all public school teachers I've taught children of so many religions, ethnic backgrounds, sexualities, political opinions etc and I have learnt so much myself!
"And I could NOT say ' I won't teach your child because he is a white Christian heterosexual male' regardless of what I thought of the probably conceited, aggressive piece of ....! ( Why shopkeepers think they have a right to discriminate is beyond me!) After 26 years of work they were the most difficult!!!! Learn tolerance and the joy of accepting other people's points of view! Yours is but one!"
Andrew Watto posted: "Get to work fixing this country and stop playing stupid facebook games Ted. Bring back the LNP that delivered for All Australians!"
Labor candidate Bill Gissane also weighed in.
"Nations grow and prosper when they bring people together, not drive them apart,'' Mr Gissane wrote.
"We are an old and a new nation. We are made of the original inhabitants and a wide range of immigrants who have come to this country from every place on earth.
"Each wave of immigration has brought its weaknesses and strengths. Yet we have always managed to bring out the best in all of our new arrivals. We can all do better in ensuring the enduring Aussie values of the "fair go" and looking after one another are preserved.
"And I say this as Christmas, cricket, footy loving Aussie. Welcome to our country - respect our ways and we will learn from yours. Together we will ALL be better for it."
The Courier-Mail reported last week that Queensland Transport bureaucrats have scrapped gender on all licences after complaints from the LGBTI community.
Roads Minister Mark Bailey's office said advancements in technology meant the details were no longer needed.
A requirement for Queenslanders to detail their height has also been removed, after concerns that the collection of personal information by transport authorities was potentially discriminatory.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) blamed the changes on a need to make driver's and marine licences compliant with new anti-discrimination laws.
However, an internal document obtained by The Courier-Mail states that gender and height are being removed because of complaints that collecting the information may be viewed as discriminatory.
Further personal information including eye and hair colour is also being scrubbed from records attached to licences because it may be "perceived as discriminatory", the document reveals.
The Transport and Main Roads department quietly stopped recording people's gender and height for all new and renewed licences in October 2016.