Australia, I discovered on my recent tour, has many things going for it: consistently good coffee, friendly, easygoing people with a colorful turn of phrase and a great sense of humor, a growing economy, a resurgent conservative movement, and, of course, the constant thrill of never knowing whether today is going to be your last on earth before succumbing to death by taipan/saltwater crocodile/great white shark/box jellyfish/Sydney funnel web spider, etc.
BUT..... (And it is a big but). Australia is politically correct almost beyond belief. Here's a recent example of that rampant, busybodying, left-leaning, disapproving, stultifying, life-draining, kill-joy Aussie PC in action.
It concerns two swimmers from the Australian Olympic swimming team who have been censured - and punished - for posting photos of themselves on Facebook posing and smiling, in a gun shop in the US.
Now I appreciate that guns are not necessarily as lovely as: cute kittens, baby polar bears emerging for the first time from their snow burrows, people of all colors and creeds holding hands under a rainbow, the smile of an African child who has had facial reconstructive surgery provided by a charity to counteract some kind of hideous birth deformation, a kindly old lady who has just been helped across a busy road by a boy scout, a Free Tibet sticker on the back of Richard Gere's 4 x 4, eternal world peace, etc.
On the other hand, guns do give a lot of people a lot of innocent pleasure and they are not, so far as I know, illegal. So what, exactly did these boisterous young men do that was wrong?
D'Arcy and Monk caused an uproar after they posted an image of themselves in a US gun shop carrying high-powered weaponry on social media website Facebook.
The pair were immediately ordered to take the photo down as soon as the AOC were made aware of it.
They caused an "uproar", did they? Hmm. I think what this means is: "a handful of left-leaning puritanical anti-gun freaks decided to kick up a fuss, got the story into the media because of the Olympics connection, and the Australian Olympic Committee, being too craven and PC and career-safe to dismiss it as a non-story, felt compelled to condemn a photograph which should really have been none of its business."