Aussies who get huffy about a kickboxing bout are discriminating against small people

Alf put his money on the fighter sporting handsome blue gloves.

Looks like the authorities have gone all soft and mushy in Queensland, the state where the noble sport of dwarf throwing is said to have originated.

This is wht comes from the state being led by (a) the first popularly elected female Premier in Australia; and (b) a Labor Party Premier.

The measure of Queensland’s descent into political correctness since then is reflected in the state government ordering an investigation into a kickboxing bout.

It seems to be hot and bothered that the bout was between two young girls on the Gold Coast.

Dunno what’s wrong with that, but –

Premier Anna Bligh said many people who saw images of seven and eight-year-olds kickboxing for money would be concerned.

“The minister has called for a review for this sort of sport to see if we should be regulating it, and I’d be interested in the views of other mums and dads,” she told reporters on the Gold Coast on Monday.

The fight, between eight-year-old Jasmine Parr and seven-year-old Georgina Barton, was held at Broadwater PCYC on Saturday night for $100 prizemoney.

Now we find the bloody Minister for Child Safety and Sport, a bloke called Phil Reeves, is saying the government may have to regulate combat sports between children.

He sounds a tad precious, does your Mr Reeves, who has three young children. He said he was shocked at images of two young girls slugging it out for cash.

“I have three daughters aged under 10 and like many mums and dads across Queensland, I was absolutely appalled at the image of children of this age being put in a boxing ring,” Mr Reeves said in a statement.

“If reports about a $100 cash prize for the winning child are correct, then I find the whole situation even more disgraceful.”

Mr Reeves said he had instructed the director-general of the Department of Communities to investigate the fight.

“I also want the director-general to provide recommendations on actions the government should consider to ensure the best interests of children are first and foremost when these types of events are being conducted.”

Alf can only muse that people maybe are getting unduly hot and bothered when the participants in these sorts of events are vertically challenged.

This should justify a complaint by little people to human rights officials, although Alf concedes he thoroughly disapproves of such authorities and wants them banned, and and he hence opens himself to a charge of hypocrisy.

Queenslanders enjoy – or once enjoyed – the spendid sport of dwarf tossing.

It's not often that Alf supports a tosser.

This was a bar attraction in which dwarfs wearing special padded clothing or Velcro costumes are thrown onto mattresses or at Velcro-coated walls.

Participants compete to throw the dwarf the farthest.

The term “dwarf throwing” is sometimes used. The sport is believed to have originated in Queensland, Australia, around the mid-1980s.

The World Dwarf-throwing Championships were held in Brisbane, Australia, in 1986.

According to the site consulted by Mrs Grumble for this post, the proven world record for the longest throw is held by Adam Aisthorpe, a member of The Oddballs. Aisthorpe tossed a dwarf 12 feet, 9 inches.

But the same site also says that dwarf tossing is widely considered to be offensive to the dignity of dwarfs, and some legislators have considered bans.

Robert and Angela Van Etten, Florida members of the Little People of America, convinced the state’s legislators in 1989 that dwarf tossing be made illegal.

A measure banning dwarf tossing was passed with a wide margin. New York later followed suit.

Oh, and the mayor of a small French town (Morsang-sur-Orge) prohibited dwarf tossing.

The case went through the appeal chain of administrative courts to the Conseil d’État, which found that an administrative authority could legally prohibit dwarf tossing on grounds that the activity did not respect human dignity and was thus contrary to public order.

The question raised legal questions as to what was admissible as a motive for an administrative authority to ban an activity for motives of public order, especially as the conseil did not want to include “public morality” in public order.

The ruling was taken by the full assembly and not a smaller panel – proof of the difficulty of the question.

The conseil ruled similarly in another case between an entertainment company and the city of Aix-en-Provence.

The UN High Commissioner on Human Rights judged on September 27, 2002, that the decision was not discriminatory with respect to dwarfs. It ruled the ban on dwarf tossing was not abusive, but necessary to protect public order, including considerations of human dignity.

But France is a reasonably civilized country, except for the frog-eating thing, and dwarf tossing is not necessarily prohibited outright in France.

The Conseil d’État decided that a public authority could use gross infringement on human dignity as a motive of public order to cancel a spectacle, and that dwarf tossing constituted such a gross infringement.

But it was up to individual authorities to make specific decisions regarding prohibition.

Betcha the buggers that imposed bans were socialists.

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