There's something really weird happening to the good and mighty of English-speaking countries …
First, in the U.S. of A. the kid arrested for carrying a clock.
Now, Down Under, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Terrorism Michael Keenan launched the Radicalisation Awareness Kit, in an effort to match his Yank counterparts.
The RAK, to be distributed among school teachers, is based on hypothetical "case studies". In one of them, the protagonist -- "Karen" -- becomes radicalised after listening to "alternative music" (thankfully, she didn't go Goth, or the school principal would have had to call for an exorcist, Abraham van Helsing, and the S.A.S. combined). And from there, "Karen" went all the way downhill.
Dear "right-of-centre, conservative, libertarian" fellow countrymen in power, you obviously don't mind the ridicule. Fine. That's your prerogative.
But please, for the love of God, don't make the rest of Australia a laughing stock, I beg of you.
Give us a break.
Radicalisation Awareness Kit: Government's new booklet for schools links green activism, 'alternative music' to terrorism, by Carl Holm
#freekaren: Government's anti-radicalisation kit sparks ridicule on social media, by Yasmin Parry.
Anti-radicalisation kit never meant for use in schools, says key author, by Michael Safi