Yes it’s true we really are in the 21st Century, (maybe we should tell Tony that and he can stop dishing out Knighthoods) and yes the PM is being called Captain Catholic. Political nicknames and jousting are a part of free speech in a secular, demo- cratic civil society.
Funnily enough I did not make up the moniker, it is already a matter of public record just like ‘Captain Austraya’
and my favourite nickname of all times; the ‘suppository of all wisdom’ which is a direct quote from the ‘Captain’ himself.
But seriously, a lot of people don’t know that after University Abbott did a stint in the Monastery before entering poli- tics. The moniker ‘Captain Catholic’ or the ‘Mad Monk’ is a reference to Tony Abbott’s inability to separate his religious beliefs from his job. A classic example of this is his recent cutting back of public school funding for secular counsellors and replacing them with the installation of ‘chaplains’ in every school. Or how he has cut funding to Universities but instead funds priesthood training.
If the PM could uphold his ‘duty’ to sepa- rate Church from State and refrain from putting his religion into policies that affect my life then I would refrain from calling him out on it. Until then – no chance and that, Frank from Mermaid Beach, is what democracy looks like.