‘Political correctness gone mad’: Peter Dutton's fury over Christmas carol change
It is time that Australians "rise up" against political correctness, an enraged Peter Dutton has said during a radio interview.
The Immigration Minister expressed his strong views on the use of the words Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas during a weekly segment on Ray Hadley’s 2GB show.
During a phone call from a listener Mr Dutton learned that a Brisbane state school’s end-of–year celebration changed the words to a popular Christmas carol.
The talkback caller reported the words of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" were changed to "We Wish You a Happy Holiday" at the end-of-year concert at Kedron State School.
"You make my blood boil with these stories, it is political correctness gone mad,” a seemingly-furious Mr Dutton, who's electorate of Dickson is near the school, began.
"I think people have just had enough of it.
"Same with these teachers going into schools wearing political slogans.
Peter Dutton says a Brisbane school changing a Christmas carol is "political correctness gone mad". Source: MP Peter Dutton.
"I think the majority of teachers are embarrassed by their behavior and their conduct and if they want to conduct these sort of campaigns do it online or do it in your spare time, but don’t bring these sort of views into the minds of young kids," Mr Dutton said.
"Many people, regardless of their religious belief would be there happy to sing along with Christmas carols, happy to enjoy the fact that we celebrate Christmas as a Christian society.
"It’s beyond my comprehension. It’s gone too far.
"And I think we need to rise up against it. People need to speak against it as they are 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 practice what they preach in any case."
Last month, Mr Dutton caused a stir when he made inflammatory comments about Lebanese-Muslims in Australia.
Mr Dutton's comments were made during question time with the minister pointing out that two thirds of those arrested under terror offences were Lebanese-Muslim Australians.
"The vast majority of Lebanese-Australians are law-abiding, hard-working, good, decent people who are besmirched by a small element within their community who are doing the wrong thing," he said.
7 News online reached out to Mr Dutton's office for comment, but was informed that no additional statement would be made at this time.