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Aussie MP Says ‘Migrants’ Need Deodorant

From the UK’s Telegraph:

Australian MP calls for migrants to be taught to wear deodorant

An Australian politician has defended controversial calls for new migrants to be taught to wear deodorant, saying her remarks about cultural awareness of hygiene had been blown out of proportion.

11 Jan 2012

Teresa Gambaro, a conservative MP who speaks about citizenship issues for the opposition, sparked a public backlash for suggesting that immigrants coming to Australia on work visas should be taught about social norms.

Wearing deodorant and standing patiently in queues without pushing in were some of the issues she nominated as important.

"Without trying to be offensive we are talking about hygiene and what is an acceptable norm in this country when you are working closely with other co-workers," Ms Gambaro told The Australian newspaper.

"Sometimes these things are not talked about because people find them offensive but if people are having difficulty getting a job, for instance, it may relate to their appearance and these things need to be taken into account."

Bear in mind that January is the beginning of summer in Australia.

The remarks were dismissed as "bizarre and silly" by Immigration Minister Chris Bowen who said they "could have been expected in 1952 not in 2012", and Attorney General Nicola Roxon accused Gambaro of being "patronising"…

"It’s also showing a lack of awareness that this is a two-way street, when you talk about cultural understanding … launching these sorts of trivial salvos into the community," Roxon said.

But Ms Gambaro said hygiene was "just one small part" of the proposed cultural awareness training she had been referring to, which would also cover issues like tenancy, consumer rights and immunisation.

She later issued a statement saying she regretted "any offence that may have been taken and unreservedly apologise."

The government’s Australian Multicultural Council said most people arriving on working visas were professionals in skilled occupations and called for some "awareness training" for the nation’s politicians…

Pino Migliorino, head of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils, said the comments would make Australia "look like a joke" abroad and condemned Ms Gambaro, who is of Italian heritage, for her stance.

Note the crack about Ms. Gambaro being a smelly Italian.

Meanwhile, you can bet that the Immigration Minister and the Australian Multicultural Council and the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils all insist that ‘migrants’ are taught to be tolerant of homosexuality and other such social ‘norms.’

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, January 11th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Aussie MP Says ‘Migrants’ Need Deodorant”

  1. GetBackJack

    Aussie MP Says ‘Migrants’ Need Deodorant

    True’dat

    (why is the truth always portrayed as controversial?)

  2. heykev

    And taught the benefits of good oral hygiene couldn’t hurt

  3. Petronius

    It would be pointless to teach these surly immigrants about hygiene, manners, customs, and lawful behavior because that would defeat the entire purpose –– precisely because they were imported into Australia by the Labor Party in order to annoy, demoralize, dispossess, and eventually to replace the indigenous white population.

  4. yadayada

    Teresa Gambaro, a conservative MP who speaks about citizenship issues for the opposition, sparked a public backlash for suggesting that immigrants coming to Australia on work visas should be taught about social norms.

    “conservative” MP but who or what is the “opposition”

    it’s always the conservative who sparks a public backlash

    has pelosi, frank, reid, et al ever sparked a “public backlash” ??


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