Dutton’s Christmas crusade

Michael Koziol

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has called for Australians to “rise up” to defend Christmas against “political correctness gone mad”.

Annoyed by a talk back radio caller’s description of secular carols at a grandchild’s school, Mr Dutton said it made his “blood boil”. “It is political correctness gone mad and I think people have just had enough of it,” he told Ray Hadley on 2GB.

Jim, a constituent of Mr Dutton’s Dickson electorate in Queensland, told Mr Dutton there was “not one Christmas carol” and the final song replaced the lyrics of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” with “we wish you a happy holiday”.

Mr Dutton linked the issue to the “Teachers for Refugees” campaign in which many teachers in New South Wales and Vic­toria wore tee-shirts protesting about Australia’s off-shore de­tention camps for asylum seekers.

“If they want to conduct these sort of cam­paigns, do it on line or do it in your spare time. Don’t bring these sort of views into the minds of young kids.” Mr Dutton said.

From: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/peter-dutton-calls...