‘Kiwi’ not discrimination

LETTER

Interesting to read about the New Zealand woman in Australia who took her employer to the South Australian Employment Tribunal in a case of racial discrimination, for calling her “Kiwi”.

Since when has a Kiwi felt disrespected when called such? I would think most Kiwis would be proud to be labelled with this moniker.

The case should have been thrown out straight away, because no matter how proud said Kiwis may be, unfortunately you’re not a race, just a nationality.

I have been called “Pommie”, “Whinging Pom” and even “Pommie (child without a father)” on many an occasion, and I wear these names with pride because it’s who I am (not so much a whinger) and the thought never entered my mind to take it any further.

There is no mention of this woman’s age, but it would not surprise me if she is a “millennial”, the generation that gets offended when confronted with criticism, being told no, or being subjected to a differing point of view. She would have had a good chance of winning, if the employer had called her the usual nickname a Skippy calls a Kiwi, “sheep shagger”.

A. Abbott

Interesting to read about the New Zealand woman in Australia who took her employer to the South Australian Employment Tribunal in a case of racial discrimination, for calling her “Kiwi”.

Since when has a Kiwi felt disrespected when called such? I would think most Kiwis would be proud to be labelled with this moniker.

The case should have been thrown out straight away, because no matter how proud said Kiwis may be, unfortunately you’re not a race, just a nationality.

I have been called “Pommie”, “Whinging Pom” and even “Pommie (child without a father)” on many an occasion, and I wear these names with pride because it’s who I am (not so much a whinger) and the thought never entered my mind to take it any further.

There is no mention of this woman’s age, but it would not surprise me if she is a “millennial”, the generation that gets offended when confronted with criticism, being told no, or being subjected to a differing point of view. She would have had a good chance of winning, if the employer had called her the usual nickname a Skippy calls a Kiwi, “sheep shagger”.

A. Abbott

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