Shock! The phrase ‘Team Australia’ is divisive

Why are you even here?

Why are you even here?

Naturally, because anything which doesn’t plunge feet first into the fetid sludge of multicultural enrichment must be bad.

I’m sure you all know the drill by now. Australian culture (or any developed, prosperous, fully-functioning Western culture for that matter) is that of the evil white, Anglo-Saxon, Judeo-Christian invaders, whereas any other culture (with the most Brownie points being awarded to utterly dysfunctional regimes from the poorest regions of the developing world) has to be ‘celebrated’, ‘respected’ and embraced in the spirit of  ‘diversity’.

So any attempt to unite the population behind a common cause, namely upholding Australian values, in the face of a violent and supremacist global threat to Western democracy, is ‘divisive’:

Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane said Mr Abbott and the Federal Government should be careful not to cause divisions among the Arab and Muslim community.

Are you suggesting that there might be some ‘consequences’ if we upset the Arab and Muslim community, you greasy Islamophobe?

Community members expressed concern the term “Team Australia” was divisive.

Mr Soutphommasane said people had the right to demand an explanation from Mr Abbott about what the term meant.

“We’re all signed up to the Australian community. We all take a pledge of citizenship if we’re migrants and have naturalised,” he said.

Second, third and subsequent generations of Muslims didn’t make any pledge, they were just born here. And anyway, how does this help? Except to foment yet more division?

“And we shouldn’t be casting aspersions on a section of the Australian community based on the behaviour of a very small minority.”

It doesn’t matter – it only takes a small minority to cause havoc.

And I’ll tell you what the term ‘Team Australia’ means, Mr Unpronounceable. It means:

  • putting Australia first and Allah second – if you wish to put Allah first, there are plenty of countries in which you can do it;
  • putting aside the duty to spread Islam in Australia or other non-Muslim countries;
  • putting aside those aspects of Islam which impinge on the freedoms of others;
  • not forcing non-Muslims to comply with your rules – if you wish to live under sharia, then Australia isn’t the place to do it;
  • being prepared to support, unequivocally, Australian interests and values;
  • being prepared to rat on your neighbours if they are involved in terrorist plots, or your local imam if they are preaching hatred and/or radicalism.

Basically, it’s live and let live – simples. Oh, how I wish it were…


  1. I have to admit that, just like those truly horrible corporate team building seminars, the phrase ‘team Australia’ is very grating, but I really can’t see how it is divisive…

    Pretty much any other country is allowed to celebrate, and defend its culture. No one (sane) claimed that France was being divisive when the French President reminded his ministers that they should speak only French at all official functions. No one (sane) claims that the All Blacks doing the Haka is divisive, why is it that when the head of the Australian government makes some sort of comment regarding Australians being Australians, that people get upset? Why is it expected that so many other cultures in the world can be celebrated, marvelled at, and glorified, yet Australians doing the same thing about Australia is apparently not right? I certainly hope we don’t go down the same path as the US, where there are flags everywhere, and people burst into tears whenever they hear the national anthem, but some modicum of respect and a sane level of mildly sceptical patriotism doesn’t go astray.

    The same thing seems to apply to discussions about asylum seekers too, it’s apparently ok for every other country in the world to screen people, to accept, or to refuse entry, to anyone, for basically whatever reasons they like, but apparently it’s ‘inhumane’ and an abuse of human rights when Australia does the same thing… and indeed, it would be if our government sent people back to their home country knowing full well that they will suffer in some way because of who they are, or what they believe in…


  2. Simon Colwell says:

    I remember watching the news a few years ago and they had a story on the annual Australia Day citizenship ceremonies. They interviewed one young woman who said she now felt like a “citizen of the world”. In other words, most of these people don’t give a stuff about Australia. They just use Australia as their insurance policy in case the place they would rather be goes pear-shaped. Remember a few years back when the Israelis started bombing the crap out of Lebanon and all of a sudden there were all these calls from “Australians” there demanding that the Australian government get them out of there. One can only wonder if there was a war between Australia and Lebanon which side these “Australians” would take.


    • There’s an old joke about American Jews which goes something like ‘saying they have dual loyalties would be a compliment’.


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