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Australian ban on mate wins few friends

Bernard O'Riordan in Sydney
Saturday August 20, 2005
The Guardian


To Australians, it is the linguistic equivalent of beer and barbecues - but for a short time yesterday the ubiquitous greeting of "mate" was in danger of being banned at the nation's centre of government.
In an edict from a senior civil servant, security staff at Australia's national parliament in Canberra were told not to use the greeting "G'day mate" when admitting visitors and politicians in case they caused offence.

News of the ban sparked national outrage and ridicule, not least from the prime minister John Howard, who uses the term often, especially when addressing George Bush.

With the media also in uproar - the front page of yesterday's Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper declared: "Mate: It's an Insult" - Mr Howard said the ban should be revoked immediately.
"It's all about context, I think we should be both courteous and gregarious," said the prime minister, who in 1999 wanted to include a reference to mateship in the preamble to Australia's constitution. "We have a treasured informality in this country and that's something we should hold on to."

The issue, however, has been a national talking point. The opposition Labor party said the ban reflected the "elitist culture fostered under Howard's nine-year-old conservative government."

"This is John Howard's Australia. It's about masters and servants," said Kim Beazley, the opposition leader. "It is a great part of Australian culture that we call each other mate."

Former Australian Labor prime minister Bob Hawke said the ban signalled an erosion of Australia's egalitarian ways. "It's pomposity gone mad," Mr Hawke told ABC Radio. "It's not surprising. In a sense we're living in an age where the concept of mateship has been damaged to a fairly large extent by a lot of the approaches of this government."

Mr Hawke, a former union leader famous for his down-to-earth approach, said the term had been useful to him at official functions."It doesn't imply any intimacy, it shows a reasonable level of respect. I think it's one of our great words."

According to Sue Butler, the editor of Australia's Macquarie dictionary, the word has its origins in Australia's colonial past. It originally referred to someone's working partner, but has evolved into a term of affection. "Now it has an iconic status in Australian vernacular and by no stretch of the imagination is it offensive," she said.

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i nearly cried with laughter when i first heard this, never before has parliament had the piss taken out of them as much as they have for 'the great mate debate' as it has been dubbed.


as you can understand......the ban only lasted 5 days.
 

Billybob

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next you'll be seeing canada banning the word "eh" or texas banning y'all :rolleyes:
 
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Yeah that is a sily ban. next on top of the y'all and "eh" for tx and canada you will see tn ban dwat now. mind you i might be the only one that seems to get that all the time from the tn area.
 

shiggy1016

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How about banning the excessive use of the word like? It's like so totally annoying when like someone like uses the word like for like every other word in the like sentence.
 

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Well, instead of banning the gayest thing in the world, as said in the post above mine, how about any country in the world who bans a material substance is a complete idiot. If it's banned they can't tax it. Which reduces income. Which reduces everything else. I swear, if America legalized half the crap that isn't, the government would be so rich, it's sickening. The same applies to every other country that has outlawed substances. But at least that ban only lasted a business week :thumbsup:
 

Nailbomb

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necro said:
Well, instead of banning the gayest thing in the world, as said in the post above mine, how about any country in the world who bans a material substance is a complete idiot. If it's banned they can't tax it. Which reduces income. Which reduces everything else. I swear, if America legalized half the crap that isn't, the government would be so rich, it's sickening. The same applies to every other country that has outlawed substances. But at least that ban only lasted a business week :thumbsup:
Yeah, let's legalize heroin and crystal meth!
 

magnolia

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Eh, That'll never pass. Using "G'day mate" is as Australian as McDonalds is American.
 

ReiMeishin

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Whoever proposed the former ban obviously was picked on in school. Anyone who tries to restrict language had it used against them.