29 Apr '21 19:27:2011
Our headline: AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER ECHOES JORDAN PETERSON
by GEOFF CHAMBERS, Chief Political Correspondent, published in todays Australian newspaper, front page story.
Friday, April 30, 2021
Actual headline: PM’s ODE TO THE INDIVIDUAL
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DON’T GIVE IN TO IDENTITY POLITICS: YOU ARE MORE THAN YOUR RACE, AGE, GENDER OR RELIGION
Scott Morrison has urged Australians not to surrender to “identity politics” and the forces that undermine the community, declaring freedom rests on “taking personal responsibility”.
In a speech outlining his values and beliefs, the Prime Minister on Thursday night launched an impassioned critique of the “growing tendency to commodify human beings through identity politics” and elevated the necessity of viewing “people as individuals — with agency and responsibility”.
Speaking at a United Israel Appeal NSW donor dinner in Sydney, Mr Morrison set out his vision of morality, community and personal responsibility in the modern world while warning that reducing individuals to their attributes would end in division and a broken society.
“We must never surrender the truth that the experience and value of every human being is unique and personal,” he said.
“You are more than your gender, your sexuality, your race, your ethnicity, your religion, your language group, your age.
“All of these contribute to who we are and the incredible diversity of our society, and our place in the world, but of themselves they are not the essence of our humanity.
“When we reduce ourselves to a collection of attributes, or divide ourselves on this basis, we can lose sight of who we are as individuals
— in all our complexity and wholeness. We then define each other by the boxes we tick or don’t tick rather than our qualities, skills and character.
“Throughout history, we’ve seen what happens when people are defined solely by the group they belong to, or an attribute they have, or an identity they possess. The Jewish community understands that better than any.”
Mr Morrison will use the speech, titled You Matter: The responsibility of citizens in building community to achieve national success, to frame the values that will guide his government ahead of the next election, due by May next year, and draw a contrast with the Labor Party.
“My message is simple: you matter, you make the difference, you make community,” he said.
“And together with family, marriage and association — our clubs, community groups, faith networks, and so much more — these combine as the further building blocks of community, providing the stability and sinews of society that bind us each to another.”
The speech follows his address to the Australian Christian Churches conference last week in which he cited the works of the late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks to discuss faith, morality and identity politics in comments that triggered a fresh debate about his religious views as the nation’s first Pentecostal Prime Minister.
Speaking before Jewish community leaders Steven Lowy, Lance Rosenberg and Jillian Segal, the acting ambassador of Israel Jonathan Peled, Employment Minister Stuart Robert and government MPs Dave Sharma and Julian Leeser, Mr Morrison on Thursday night again cited Rabbi Sacks on the “covenant of community”.
He said this was about “not leaving it to another” and urged Australians to reframe their thinking on rights, arguing that citizens should be contributing more to society than they expected to receive back from it.
“That is the moral responsibility and covenant of citizenship –—not to think we can leave it to someone else.
“There is a warning though.← See Less