Thursday, February 16, 2006


Kerry Nettle, the Australian Greens senator I most love to hate, is in the news again after wearing a rather tacky T-shirt to parliament, as if the highest forum of Australian politics were the student union at one of the lesser university campuses.


"And furthermore, I DEMAND that Spiderbait play at the Guild Hall Social on Friday!"

I could go on for hours, and in much detail, about my deep loathing for our Kezza, but instead I'll just ask a question: am I alone in my curiosity as to why the Young Women's Christian Association is producing "get your rosaries off my ovaries" T-shirts?

I mean, aren't Catholics considered to be Christians? Or has the YWCA joined the Red Cross in turning away from its religious roots in the mistaken assumption that a secular organisation devoted to charitable works is somehow more laudable than a religious one?

Or do they simply believe that we should all heed Lady Whiteadder's famous injunction: "Cold is God's way of telling us to burn more Catholics!"


Separated at birth? The disapproving frown is eerily similar...

Happily it appears that The Australian, too, has noticed this incongruence, and indulged in some of its occasional sly editorialising in the midst of an ordinary news article. Putting aside the complete falsity of her actual statements, observe their contextualising of this quote from our Kerry:

"Religion has no place in politics, and religion has no place in a decision for a women about what drug is safe for her to use."

The T-shirt was sponsored by the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA).

I've said it before and I'll say it again: The Australian can be quite the bitch when it puts its mind to it.


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