October 1, 1997 in Nation/World

A Very White Christmas


Wanted: 50 Santa Clauses for Australia’s largest chain of retail stores. White men only need apply. That’s the approach the Myer group of stores is taking for Christmas this year. The company has even asked the nation’s Anti-Discrimination Tribunal to waive the anti-bias laws. “Santa, over history, is a male and a white male,” said Myer spokesman Stuart McNidder. Responded aboriginal musician Dana McPadden: “If a woman can dress up and look like Santa, I can’t see why she shouldn’t be able to. And any race … should be able to fill that role.”

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