Federal Minister Peter Dutton says a Brisbane school changing the words to a Christmas carol is "political correctness gone mad".
Federal MP Peter Dutton has called on parents to "rise up" against the insidious forces of political correctness after learning a Brisbane state school's end-of-year celebrations changed the words to a popular Christmas carol.
Mr Dutton responded after hearing a Sydney radio talkback caller report the words of We Wish You a Merry Christmas were changed to "We Wish You a Happy Holiday" at the end-of-year concert at Kedron State School.
"It's gone too far.... People have had a gutful of it and I think we're back to the same stage now and I think we need to rise up against it, people need to speak against it as they are" Mr Dutton told 2GB.
"Because the vast majority of Australian people want to hear Christmas carols. They want their kids to be brought up in a normal environment and they don't want to be lectured to by do-gooders who frankly don't practise what they preach in any case."
The 2GB host, Ray Hadley, agreed with Dutton, and incorrectly assumed that the school principal, Joseba Larrazabal, was a woman
"I think it's a female," Hadley said.
"What she's got to get through her skull: by doing it, she causes division, because the kids who want to hear the Christmas carols ... suddenly target those minority groups."