Why Australia should avoid the ‘floral diplomatic’ meme
The Australian government is in the midst of a cultural backlash against the term “floral diplomat”, which some argue is a term of abuse used by conservatives to describe conservative Australians.
In a new piece in the Melbourne Institute, the Australian Social Trends Institute’s Julia Soper says the term is an “attack on the very fabric of our democracy and our culture”.
“This kind of cultural war is often driven by those who would like to use our culture to further their political goals,” she writes.
“It’s often framed as a clash of civilizations, or a fight for cultural hegemony, but in fact it’s really a war of culture, one in which we are all being called to defend and protect our own culture from the ravages of our cultural relativism.”
We are being told to abandon the ideals and values we hold dear, like freedom, fairness and equality, to fight for our own cultural hegemony.
“She says Australia’s cultural identity is often used as a proxy to “protect” it from cultural relativists, arguing that this is a common tactic used by political leaders to deflect criticism and attack the Australian culture.”
Australia’s political parties are using this very tactic to justify their actions.
They use it to attack the culture and the people who are making the choices that make Australia great, the people of Australia,” Soper writes.
In an interview with the ABC earlier this month, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull defended the use of the term, telling ABC radio: “I’ve been using the word ‘flourishing’ for some time and it’s one of those things where, when people see it, they say, ‘Oh, I love it, I’ve always used it’.”
However, the phrase is being used in a negative manner by politicians and politicians are using it to try and get elected, according to Soper.”
If you’re going to use a term like that to insult someone, you’re either trying to insult them or you’re trying to bully them, and we’ve seen it both ways.
We’ve seen politicians use it, we’ve also seen it in our schools and in our universities,” she says.”
And it’s not just politicians who are using the term.
It’s also in the workplace, in our churches, in the media, in government, in sport, and it has become a political weapon of the left to try to discredit the culture, to discredit people.
“While the Australian Government has been using “flourish” to describe its culture in a more positive way, Soper believes it is an attack on the Australian way of life.”
There’s a strong sense in Australia that the way we live our lives is important, it’s important for our children and it is important for the future of our country.
“The fact that some people are trying to use this to delegitimise our culture is a very dangerous and offensive thing,” she adds.
Australia’s new ‘florist ambassador’ will bring the ‘flowering’ theme to a national eventThe Melbourne Institute’s Soper’s research found that a large number of Australian women who have worked in the hospitality industry were supportive of the concept of “florists as ambassadors” but did not want their names associated with the term because it is perceived as offensive.
She says this is because they do not feel they are representing their “culture”, but rather are “representing the values and values that we hold”.
She says the idea of “flowering” is not new and has been used by people like former Prime Minister Tony Abbott who used the phrase in his first term as prime minister in 2013.
“He had been using it as a political tool to defend his own political agenda,” she said.
“This idea of ‘flushing’ down the memory hole is really important because it shows that you are not the problem, but you are part of the solution.”
“Florists can bring the blossoming idea into the national political conversation.”
The word “flora” is a colloquial Australian expression meaning “flowers”.
In the first episode of the series, “Flowering”, the “flower” is the Australian flag and the “floor” is Australia’s Parliament.
“Flourishing” is an expression of the beauty of the flowers on the floor.”
The Australian Florishing Association also told the ABC that florism is “a cultural and economic celebration of Australian culture”. “
Flourishing” is an expression of the beauty of the flowers on the floor.
The Australian Florishing Association also told the ABC that florism is “a cultural and economic celebration of Australian culture”.
It said the word “flowery” does not refer to a particular colour, but rather “a flower”.