Petter Dutton fuming after ‘ridiculous’ Christmas banners spark outrage

It’s the time of year when we stop to wish those nearest and dearest to us a very merry Christmas,
Peter Dutton has had enough.

It’s the time of year when we stop to wish those nearest and dearest to us a very merry Christmas, unless of course you’re in the finance department who have decided to wish people a “Very Merry” and that’s all.

Confused yet? Passers by were left fuming yesterday when they noticed a bunch of new Christmas banners hanging at The Rocks in Sydney yesterday, which read “Very Merry” – forgetting the one word that actually gives meaning to the phrase so that they wouldn’t offend anyone.

The signs were approved by the finance department and hung proudly along the street until locals got a whiff of it and complained to finance minister Dominic Perrottet.

“Stop spending my money denying an Australian (and world) celebration,” said one angry taxpayer.

One of the offending signs. Photo: News Corp
One of the offending signs. Photo: News Corp

It turns out Mr Perrottet is sick to death of PC enthusiasts and demanded the banners be removed immediately.

“Very Merry means absolutely nothing to anyone,” Mr Perrottet said.

“When you leave out the one word that matters all you’re left with is a vacuous, bland platitude. It’s nonsense — but it’s an easy fix, and it turns out we didn’t even need a focus group to get the message right. I know it’s a bit out there but we’re going with ‘Merry Christmas’ this year.”

The banners were hung along the entire street.
The banners were hung along the entire street. Photo: News Corp

He’s not alone either, with Immigration minister Peter Dutton letting fly this morning on Ray Hadley’s radio show, saying he was sick of PC Christmas do-gooders after a grandmother called in saying her grandkid’s school had banned Christmas carols.

“People had a gutful of it and I think we’re back to the same stage now, and I think we need to rise up against it. People need to speak against it as they are,” Mr Dutton said.

“Because the vast majority of Australian people want to hear Christmas carols. They want their kids to be brought up in a normal environment and they don’t want to be lectured to by do-gooders who frankly don’t practise what they preach in any case.”

It’s not the first time the issue of Christmas has arisen. Many schools and shopping centres have started saying Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas as the generic ‘happy holidays’ is deemed to be more inclusive.

This latest PC episode comes a week after academics at University of New England released a report claiming parents should stop “lying” to their kids about Santa being real as it could put them at risk of trauma when they find out it’s not true.

So have we gone too far with trying to change Christmas, or do these people have a point?

There are so many people from different religions and cultures living in Australia now that it is a nice thought to be as inclusive as possible for everyone.

But many are arguing that removing the word ‘Christmas’ when celebrating Christmas is taking it too far.

What do you think? Is it important to change the way we celebrate Christmas so everyone feels included? Or is this PC nonsense?

  1. Guy Flavell  

    Complete bloody nonsense !!! These politically correct morons would see us all wearing drab-grey
    caps and clothes and mindlessly chanting their imbecilic mantra of hatred of the wealthy, climate
    change scaremongering, dismissal of all Australian culture and traditions … and bowing to a 1%
    elitist Marxist leadership. A disgusting situation that we should be diligently stamping out post
    haste !!!

    • What is offensive here is that our basic rights are being taken away. We have a culture that we are proud of, don’t let anyone from wherever they come tell us what we can do or believe. As far as Children being traumatised when told about Santa, I have 5 grandchildren and a great grandson all of whom were told about Santa, never told them he didn’t exist and they kept the secret from the younger ones, not one of them are traumatised, and carry on the tradition now.
      Merry Christmas to all for now and forever.

    • warren bailey  

      The christians ripped it off the Pagons An old Roman festival played a a major part in the choice of this particular day. December 25 in ancient Rome was the ‘Dies Natali Invictus,’ ‘the birthday of the unconquered,’ the day of the winter solstice and at the same time, in Rome, the last day of the Saturnalia, which had long since degenerated into a week of unbridled carnival..
      this what we should be saying ‘Dies Natali Invictus

    • Rma  

      Xmas is actually a pagan festival the Church co-opted to celebrate the birth of Christ. However I agree the banners are ridiculous. Happy Holidays would have been better if you wanted to leave Christ out of it. I personally love celebrations from all cultures, they are fun and a lovely way to get to know other traditions.

      Personally I distrust the super, super wealthy, believe in climate change, am a leftie, but of the working class, not elite. I also happen to love Christmas. People are not all black and white, perhaps you should consider this before going off on an angry tirade just because you don’t agree.

    • Ele  

      My grandson goes to school in the largest “Marxist” country in the world and he was an elf in the Christmas pageant at his school concert so why blame them for our ridiculous PC actions ? Most other religions are not worried about Christmas celebrations it is just our do-gooder apologists who are frightened of offending everyone else. Teachers should improve thair teaching and councils worry more about how many potholes there are in their streets, rather than making decisions that no one wants. Have a very Merry indeed !!!

  2. elfa lerae  

    If we are to be inclusive so that it makes the newcomers happy, why cant they want to be inclusive and join in our celebrations and rejoice in the wonder that is Christmas.

    • sue watts  

      It’s not usually the newcomers who object to Christmas in my experience. It’s usually the homegrown Aussies!

  3. Kathleen Roberts  

    I agree with Guy Flavell. This is the country i was born in and this country was built on Christian heritage. Take Christ out of Christmas and you have nothing. If people from other countries want to live here then they have to respect our laws and our lifestyle. If we went to their country we would be expected to follow their laws, so why can’t they do the same?

    • Keith Fleetwood  

      Because they are brainwashed morons!

    • sue watts  

      It’s not usually people from other countries to object to Christmas in my experience – it’s home grown Aussies!

    • colin marshall  

      i agree with Kathleen and same here in NZ. if you leave out the word Christmas youre not celebrating anything so might as well not have a holiday, no celebrating, stay working. oh boy, wouldnt that go down well.

  4. Karen Lau  

    What an absolute load of rubbish! How many hundreds of years have children been finding out about Santa at some point in their lives. It makes me wonder how many needed trauma therapy on discovering Santa is a fairytale. My children were told Santa is real to those who believe. No ldren in this family, or any other family we know. So, Merry Christmas evryone!!

    • Joyce  

      Totally agree, my children are now in their thirties, I should ask them just how traumatised the poor dears were! What nonsense is this, take Christ out of Christmas then it is a sham, Christmas is all about the birth of our beloved Jesus

    • D.Beadsmoore  

      Same can be said about telling the kids about God , No proof exists only he is taken on Faith.

  5. Wilma  

    In this country it is Merry CHRISTMAS and nothing will change it

    • sue watts  

      It’s not usually people new to the country who object to Christmas in my experience. It’s usually the home grown Aussies!

  6. julie  

    It is Merry Christmas and how many of us were traumatized as kids because Santa turned out to be Mum and Dad – bring it on I say, as a matter of fact most of us were so traumatize that we know traumatize our own kids

  7. Dianne Evans  

    I am happy for people of other beliefs to celebrate their ways and we will do ours our way Merry Christmas.

    • sue watts  

      It’s rarely people of other beliefs who object to Christmas in my experience. It’s usually homegrown Aussies with no belief!

  8. Josephine Caruana  

    I am so over it! My 5 kids believed in Santa and he even made a visit ever year, felt sorry for hubby cause he kept missing him….strange how that happened. And they are all well balanced adults. I was brought up the same way. I am so tired of this crap that we have to be careful of what we say and do because we don’t want to offend yet we have to put up with there beliefs etc. Grow a back bone and deal with it. And if you don’t like it leave! Nothing and no one is forcing you to stay. Oh and MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE NEW YEAR .

  9. Marie Beatty  

    Yes, there are indeed many people from many different cultures and religions here in Australia. But they have been here for quite a long time, and this “PC” rubbish has only just begun in recent time. The Chinese, Vietnamese, Indians, pacific islanders and many from European countries have never had an issue with our celebrating Christmas. It is only members of one religion that seem to be offended by this – Islam. Plus the politically correct Lefties among us who seem to have no clue about where all this is leading.

    • sue watts  

      I haven’t come across any Muslim people who object to Christmas. Jesus is a respected prophet in Islam. It’s usually the Aussies of no belief that object

  10. Trixie  

    Can’t stand Dutton but at least he’s got it right for once. In this country it’s Merry Christmas. If you don’t celebrate it then don’t. If you are that much against Christmas and Christians then go back to where you came from!

  11. earn it  

    I was more traumatised when I realised politicians were not there for my benefit , but they are there for their own benefit.

  12. who the bloody hell let these morons into this country in the 1st place .CHRISTMAS is a wonderful tradition that we normal people celebrate and we embrace with our families once a year .I agree with you Trixie i can’t stand dutton either he’s a gutless wonder .He is the one lets these assoles into this country and now he finally saying leave our CHRISTMAS alone .Think he’s a bit of a fencesitter as is the rest of this bloody government.Anyhow MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL .

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