Aug 13, 2014

Rundle: sorry, Nick Cater, your ‘individualistic’ Australia is nonsense

Nick Cater's spin on the 18C debacle in yesterday's Oz is the latest fascinating study in magical thinking from the Right.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


Connoisseurs of magical thinking have something to treasure in The Australian yesterday with Nick Cater’s wrap-up of the 18C debacle. Nick’s take? They lost the battle but “won the war” — because the “true conservatives” have been flushed out, those who want to preserve the half-century of elitist blah blah institutions.

Flushed out? That’s Nick speak for the 4000+ submissions produced for the 18C review, 95% of them in favour of retaining it. “Who can tell whether the views of, say, the West Australian Somali Cultural Awareness Association were broadly in line with those of the public?”, Nick wonders. Well, a good place to start would be the polling of the Australian public in general, which found 70-90% in favour of retaining 18C. Cater reels off a list of groups that opposed the changes and labels them “the grievance industry”. Strangely, the Jewish peak bodies that also opposed the changes to 18C are absent from the list. Because to accuse Jewish peak bodies of being professional whiners would be anti-S …

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9 thoughts on “Rundle: sorry, Nick Cater, your ‘individualistic’ Australia is nonsense

  1. Liamj

    Nick Cater doesn’t have to make sense, that publication only requires conformity, but its not a total loss for the neolib ideologues. Freedom Boy is likely to make such a mess of his job as to discredit the HRC.

  2. klewso

    Re his self-Catering “cherry-picking” – is he any better at picking his nose?

  3. klewso

    And who’s among the first to use their dominant position to break out the derogatory labels such as “un-Australian” (“class warfare”, “elites”?) – when they don’t fit their conservative mould – with the effect that has?
    Who uses their position more, trying to cow those that “speak their minds”, into silence (in case such ideas might spread) when those opinions clash with the likes Murdoch is pushing?

  4. drmasqn

    Principle? Principal?

  5. Richard

    Oh Rundle, please continue beating up Cater. It’s a one sided fight but it’s a joy to behold.

  6. Electric Lardyland

    To borrow another Pythonism, the modern rightard’s tales of their own rugged individuality, would possibly have a little bit more credibility, even they didn’t constantly lapse into, “help, help, I’m being oppressed”.

  7. klewso

    Just thought, my 2 :-
    [….might explain the one eye?]

  8. Dez Paul

    Thanks, Guy. Saves me the tedium of reading myself what the Tory Tryhards are up to. P*ss off back to old Blighty, Nick, and take that twat Abbott with you.

  9. AR

    Like [email protected], I enjoy Grundle punching so far below his weight and would only recommend that he go the boot as well, Cater being a type one could never tire of bashing with a good length of 2×4.
    As Liamj notes, rationality is unrequired, just obedience from mudorc’s minons

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