QANTAS Fosters Inclusion with Launch of Speech Police
Mar 05, 2018


I love flying QANTAS and I love that the flying Kangaroo has an inclusion policy, but I think they have got it seriously wrong this time! It’s been reported that the QANTAS workforce has been directed by its ‘People and Culture’ group executive Lesley Grant to be more inclusive and to be very mindful about their choice of language as our national airline begins its “Spirit of Inclusion­” month.

Ms Grant writes “we have a long and proud history of promoting inclusion­ among our people, our customers and society­, including support of indigenous issues, gender parity in business and marriage equality.” The goal is for Qantas to be an inclusive workplace and suggestions have been made for more inclusive language, particularly on gender, age and LGBTI issues.

I for one am sick and tired of ‘inclusion’ being constantly hijacked by the PC brigade.

1 in 5 Australians have a disability, where is the representation of this significant minority? QANTAS is spending resources on creating unnecessary scripts. They want to ensure that offence is not given when using terms such as mum and dad, guys, love, darling… the goal is to ban ‘gender inappropriate’ words.

Come on…reality check please…how about offence for our young people who cannot find employment post-school? Where is the QANTAS inclusion policy here?

How many people with disabilities does QANTAS actually employ? I would love to know! What policies are in place for their customers who have a disability?

I am sick of political correctness gone mad. It’s time to stop overusing the term ‘inclusion’ so that when it is used appropriately, it has not lost its potency and meaning.

Oh, and by the way, maybe someone should send Alan Joyce the inclusive language memo – The QANTAS Chairman’s Lounge is considered the top rung of the QANTAS loyalty programme, how about some consistency in your messaging QANTAS?