No 'mates' in Australia's Parliament House
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Security guards at mate' when communicating with the public.in have been advised by internal memo not to use the word '
The Secretary for the Department of Parliamentary Services said on ABC TV: "There was a feeling that they perhaps just needed a reminder that some informality, while it may be appropriate for some people, it may not suit all our visitors."
Tanya Plibersek said the ban was un-Australian. "I can't tell you how offended I am by this," he said, while reaction from the Liberals and was mixed.
"I think that people should get off their high horse and take a reality check," said Liberal backbencher Bob Baldwin, who believes the word should be treated as a badge of honour. "I have never seen anything so criminal in all my life. It's part of the Australian vernacular. It's a term of endearment and of mateship."
Nationals MP Paul Neville said "If they want to call me mate or buddy or something like that, I'm not the least bit offended."
- Sophie Price. "Banned from saying 'mate'" — , August 18, 2005
- "Parliament guards told no more 'mate'" — , August 18, 2005
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