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COVER STORY Caution with gender transitioning: children's futures at risk

EDITORIAL Turnbull the architect of his own demise

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POLITICS AND SOCIETY Business next to fall to 'progress'

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BOOK LAUNCH Live not by lies. An appraisal of Patrick J. Byrne's new book, Transgender: One Shade of Grey

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Business next to fall to 'progress'

by Dr Kevin Donnelly

News Weekly, September 8, 2018

Now that the progressivists’ long march has succeeded in capturing our universities, the question has to be asked: are businesses and corporations the next target?

The March of the Saucebottle Swamp Irons through the institutions.

Appointing more women to boards is one of the touchstones of the political correctness movement based on the argument that society is phallocentric and male dominated.Judged by the amount of time, money and resources being invested in areas like positive discrimination for women, gender sensitivity, the dangers of global warming and Aboriginal advancement, the answer has to be “yes”.

One of the organisations pushing for positive discrimination is Women On Boards, and those in charge leave no doubt as to their goal when they state: “Our aim is to have 40 per cent of these roles occupied by women by 2025. Targets are essential and quotas will sometimes be necessary to achieve our goal.”

As argued by Chris Corrigan when complaining about the pressure to appoint more women to the Qube Board, such an approach belittles women as there will always be the suspicion that instead of merit they are selected because of gender.

Also ignored is that the primary responsibility of board directors and chief executives is to ensure they comply with all the legal requirements and obligations associated with their position.

As argued by Sydney’s Archbishop Anthony Fisher, “corporations enjoy various privileges, such as legal personality and perpetuity, limitation of liability, corporate tax rates, protections of intellectual property and bankruptcy law, etc., on the understanding that they will use those advantages only for their well-understood commercial purposes, and not so as to become a Fifth Estate governing our democracy”.

The sacking of two AFL senior executives last year for having a sexual relationship with a colleague proves how powerful and intrusive political correctness has become in the workplace.

Even a consensual relationship between adults is now considered unacceptable based on the PC belief that women are always the victims of an unequal power relationship as society is inherently patriarchal and misogynist.

Those who believe women are the weaker sex and that they must be protected should read what American feminist Camille Paglia says about the need for women to be bold, assertive and ambitious without playing the victim card.

Paglia argues that the modern feminist push for positive discrimination is counterproductive as it is “demeaning and infantilising of women”. Gender sensitivity is another politically correct issue infecting businesses and corporations.

In a classic example of virtue signalling, organisations like Qantas in its Spirit of Inclusion campaign suggested that staff should not use expressions like “husband” and “wife” but rather gender-neutral descriptions like “partner” or “spouse”.

Even though a national survey by La Trobe University shows that 98 per cent of those interviewed self-identify as male or female, the Qantas guide bends over backwards to appease the LGBTQI thought police.

Last year the example of Qantas joining 19 other corporations to argue in favour of same-sex marriage provided another illustration of how businesses are happy to be in the front line of the culture wars. A spokesman for Qantas when defending its stance proudly boasted: “Qantas speaks out on a number of social issues, from Indigenous recognition to gender diversity and marriage equality.”

And when it comes to supporting the LGBTQI community, even my own bank is front and centre. Bank Australia proudly displays its politically correct credentials by supporting the Andrews Government’s Victorian Pride Centre.

On accessing its webpage, members are told: “We’re also supporting the Victorian Pride Centre through an affinity partnership by making a contribution for every home loan or personal loan taken out by a VPC supporter.”

Climate change is another issue where organisations like National Australia Bank endorse a politically correct view. Despite doubts about the effectiveness of policies surrounding the Paris Agreement, those running NAB are clear about what must be done.

The bank’s policy states: “NAB recognises that climate change is a significant risk and a major challenge for the global economy and society. We support the transition to a low-carbon economy, consistent with the global agreement reached in Paris to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels (the Paris Agreement).”

Given the almost daily adverse revelations at the banking royal commission, one would have thought that NAB would better spend money and energy promoting ethical values and how better to treat customers.

Dr Kevin Donnelly is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Catholic University and author of How Political Correctness Is Destroying Australia (Wilkinson Press, 2018).

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