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Alan Joyce: When ‘poof power’ promotes personal agenda

Alan Joyce: When ‘poof power’ promotes personal agenda

Alan Joyce has unabashedly commandeered Australia’s national airline to promote his personal aberration—homosexuality! His involvement in the SSM debacle was considerable including his $1 million donation to the Yes cause. The SSM win and his promising report on Qantas finances has emboldened the little Irishman to further social changes. The ego is bloated and Nick Cater in The Australian explains why so.

One hesitates to criticise the national airline since, unlike Bel­gium, Switzerland and Brazil, we still have one. It so easily might have worked out differently if Qantas had been sold to a private equity consortium in 2007, as the board recommended, on the eve of the global financial crisis. Alan Joyce’s role in turning ­around the airline is underappreciated at the ABC, where the level of his remuneration — or “renumeration”, as Tony Jones prefers to call it — seems to rankle.

Source: News Corp

Qantas should ditch the spirit of ignorance and stick to flying planes

Most of us are content to leave executive pay to directors, who in the private sector answer to shareholders.
For reasons that are not entirely clear, Qantas and its chief executive received particular attention in the ABC’s economic correspondent’s notorious report on corporate tax last month. Emma Alberici appears to regard it as a national disgrace that the airline has returned insufficient profits to pay tax in recent years, instead of what happens when a company books a $2.84 billion loss, as Qantas did in 2014. The ABC, incidentally, returns that kind of loss every couple of years.
The national broadcaster could learn a lot from the national airline: attentiveness to customer requirements, product innovation, efficiency and cost saving, and a management that does not fear unpopularity among its staff.
Yet, bizarrely, the reverse is happening. When it comes to political correctness, Qantas is in danger of outdoing the ABC.
An internal booklet that fell into the hands of Ally Foster at Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph last week instructs staff to mind their language in preparation for Spirit of Inclusion month. In case you thought you were dreaming when you read the story for the first time, here it is again.
Qantas staff have been banned from using the words husband and wife along with mum and dad for fear of causing offence to non-heterosexuals and single parents. Staff really have been told to adopt the terms partner, spouse and parents to avoid discriminating against LGBTI families. The words guys, love, honey and darling also should be avoided. Why? ­Because “language can make groups of people invisible”.
Try explaining that to the folk at the back of the bus.
Rote learning for Qantas staff should surely stop at instructions to passengers on the safe stowage of hand luggage and what to do in the “unlikely event” that the plane should touch down on water.
For Lesley Grant, the airline’s people and culture executive (yes, that’s her title), to assume the right to dictate what staff should think is disturbing.
By badging Qantas as the Spirit of Inclusion, if only for a month, the airline is flying blind into the dark and dangerous world of identity and grievance politics.
The Spirit of Australia has served the airline well as a slogan that proclaims its exceptionalism in the international aviation business where everything trends towards the same. Yet one could be forgiven for asking if Qantas understands the exceptional nature of Australia, or the spirit of the Enlightenment that inspired the settlement of the most successful countries on earth.
The most audacious aspect of the Spirit of Inclusion document is not the faux etiquette on avoiding offence — we’ve become immune to that stuff — but its adoption of the guilt-laden, postcolonial narrative of Australian settlement.
Staff are advised to “recognise the reality” that “Australia was not settled peacefully”.
“Describing the arrival of Europeans as a ‘settlement’ is a view of Australian history from the perspective of England rather than Australia,” it says.
“Instead of settlement, try ‘colonisation’, ‘occupation’ or ‘invasion’.”
It was bad enough that our universities have become absorbed with questioning Australia’s national legitimacy.
To push a narrative of blame and shame seems a wholly unnecessary diversion from what Qantas does exceptionally well: flying its passengers safely from A to B.
It should avoid getting involved in defining the terms of Australian settlement, something at which it has shown itself to be utterly useless.
The settlement of Australia was a striking departure from previous patterns of colonisation. The British, unlike the Dutch, did not come to trade, not least because the local hunter-gatherer occupants had little to barter.
The British did not come here to plunder or pillage like the Spanish or Portuguese. They were not here primarily to build a fortress; the expense of settling a remote continent could not have been justified by its strategic value alone.
They were not here to make religious converts; and, while NSW was a penal colony, they were not here to build a prison. This was to be a land of penal reform, where convicts could win freedom by mending their ways. There would be no slavery; every human being was of equal worth.
The British settled NSW to practise the lessons of the Enlightenment, intent on building a new civilisation through reason and science, operating on humane principles.
These are the established facts that should be the starting point for discussing the progress of Australia since 1788, the significance of its liberal and democratic institutions, its periodic failure to live up to its noble ideals, and the steps taken to correct its failings. That Qantas should want to join the dismal chorus of those who feel ashamed of our heritage is confusing for an airline that likes to badge itself as proudly Australian.
To encourage the use of terms such as occupation and invasion as the path to “inclusiveness” — whatever that abstract noun may mean — implies a corporate culture flying badly off course.
It will mean exclusion for anyone who cares for historical facts, those who hold our founding figures in high regard and those who retain a scintilla of pride for their country.
Let us hope the Qantas board and its chief executive have the courage to pulp this divisive document and apologise for the offence it has caused to those who regard themselves as fortunate to call Australia home.
Nick Cater is executive director of Menzies Research Centre.

{ 18 comments… add one }
  • bushwanker 13/03/2018, 6:16 am

    The term ‘poof’ aptly describes Joyce. Warning to readers, don’t use the word ‘poof’ in any context on the PC Facebook as it will get you banned for a week to a month or longer if you are an anti Facebook recalcitrant like yours truly.

    • Graham 13/03/2018, 1:17 pm

      Can you use ‘dung pusher’?

      • bushwanker 13/03/2018, 4:56 pm

        Yep, I have got away with ‘fudge packer’ so dung pusher is probably OK as well. I guess Facebook has a robot looking for key words like poofter, poof, clitty licker, filthy Muslim, etc, etc.

    • Neville 14/03/2018, 2:20 am

      Think of the fun one could have with dumb robots, by writing a children’s story, even a Fairy Tail, laced with words like “.. the fairy godmother appeared in a poof I mean puff of smoke; ‘Poof!'”
      Etc etc etc.
      Then scream one’s head off about ‘racism’ and ‘discrimination’ and ‘safe spaces’ and ‘think of the children’ (one of the go-to phrases for a lefty to shut down a discussion),

  • TommyGun 13/03/2018, 8:09 am

    Is that McLaughlin (CEO of the AFL) a Qantas director?
    It seems both organisations have gone down the same path.

    Saw that Canadian psychologist on TV last night commenting about people (and Govts) trying to change speech. He tore them a new one in about 5 seconds. It was great. I can see why people pay to go and listen to him.

    • Biking Voter 13/03/2018, 9:33 am

      You can say “Jordan Peterson” at the moment it is still allowed to call people by their name. 😀

      The 🌈🌈🌈 brigade haven’t yet banned it.

      • TommyGun 13/03/2018, 1:27 pm

        Not that I didn’t want to, BV; I simply blanked out and couldn’t remember his name.

  • Penguinite 13/03/2018, 8:20 am

    They don’t serve lemon meringue pie any more either!

  • Lorraine 13/03/2018, 8:39 am

    Makes sense to me Joyce born an oddball, now entrenched with the left , and the left, the Greens and Labor have denounced Australia. The left love to rewrite History just as they never accept they made errors. All mistakes are made by conservatives

  • Albert 13/03/2018, 9:33 am

    The arrogance of those silly little people who take it upon themselves to tell others how to speak and what words they can and cannot use is about as offensive as it gets.

  • Xword 13/03/2018, 10:33 am

    Fairly sure those who voted ‘NO’ will every regret their decision. On the other hand …

  • Rossco 13/03/2018, 11:40 am

    I try to look at actions and query why and it seems to me that groups that disparage Australia are following the NWO in breaking down Nation States. The attack on the traditional family , the constant harping about our flag, the dismantling of industry and of course the obvious Islamification of the population all point to preparation of a One World Government. None of this is a secret of course but the Communist dream is still alive and obviously persuasive to the left and acceptable to the elites.
    All this can only occur if our politicians are corrupt and have been assured a place in the NWO. Rudd and Bishop pandering to the UN are obvious, and the sinicures handed out to obvious traitors like Gillard defy belief.

  • Deano 13/03/2018, 12:27 pm

    I can imagine a Qantas jet being hijacked and the cabin crew radioing headquarters requesting emergency instructions on correct terminology to be used when addressing their ‘alternative viewpoint passengers’.

    What will a crash be called now? A “single use high speed de-portment facility”?

  • Clarion Call 13/03/2018, 12:32 pm

    Who gave that wholly obnoxious little insignificant homosexual pipsqueak the right to take ownership of our national carrier as his own private platform to push his LGBTUVWXYZ views and habits onto the greater majority of Australians who want no part of this alternative ‘lifestyle’ and don’t want it rammed down our collective throats in an attempt to normalise it. Send him back to Ireland on Limerick Airways.

  • lancer 13/03/2018, 1:21 pm

    Qantas is no longer the Australian airline. It is just a transport company with an interest in the airline business. The current trendy PC management practices infecting Qantas (and probably other organisations) are not surprising.
    Qantas may have made their shareholders happy with the recent profit reports, however they have done great damage to Australia’s aircraft engineering ability.
    Since its origin Qantas has been very independent and a world leader in aircraft maintenance. Until the 1990s Qantas engineers could maintain and overhaul all their aircraft, engines and components. They also did work for other airlines.
    Heavy aircraft maintenance, engines and components are now outsourced. The experience and trades culture gained over the years has now been lost.

  • Clarion Call 13/03/2018, 1:33 pm

    Lancer; welcome to the brave new world of globalisation where the little people get to share in collective economic deprivation while the others (the elite) get to divide up the spoils and bask in the good life while assuring that everything is A-OK. A sheeple revolt is badly needed here and everywhere.

  • Dorothy 13/03/2018, 1:48 pm

    Qantas may have made their shareholders happy …… not the passengers though.
    I have been loyally flying Qantas to the UK yearly for the last 15 years, nearly always in economy. The food service is appalling, no little salad starter, disguising bread roll injected with vile artificial garlic butter, flimsy cups for wine, nowhere to put anything as there is no tray, the snack cupboard at back of plane is usually empty

  • Bwana Neusi 13/03/2018, 4:00 pm

    We don’t fly poofter class, we don’t fly Islamoclass, we don’t buy halal tax certified products.
    Will the AHRC recognise our right to be called “Mr. & Mrs. husband and wife” along with the 63+ other pronouns.
    Jordan Peterson is right on the money, but don’t be surprised if the ARHC charge him with hate speech even though he isn’t an Australian.
    After all it hasn’t stopped the NSW anti discrimination mob from jumping State borders with Bernard Gaynor.

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