31 Aug 2018

Politicians in Australia shouldn't forget, humour is our staple diet. Humility is the desert. Sniping should be left to the army, there's no place in parliament for it.

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Self-deprecation has become a staple of Australian humour is due to what is often referred to as our ‘tall poppy syndrome’. Perhaps more a way of life than a syndrome, Australians are quick to bring themselves and those around them back to ground-zero.

As a colony of convicts, we are sensitive to anyone who tries to climb the ranks.

While our American colleagues are sometimes left bewildered and a little embarrassed by our self-deprecation, this tendency has served us rather well in relations with our neighbours in the Asia Pacific, who have a saying that “the nail that sticks out gets hammered down”.

Self-deprecation can provide for a sense of humility, and this can build authentic social connection with others, undercut pretention and build trust.

It might also ‘keep the bastards honest’ as one politician once put it.

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