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Love it or Leave Mens Singlet

Patriotic Design Labelled Racist on Social Media

Early in October 2014, a twitter user posted a photo of a “Love it or Leave” singlet which was being sold at Woolworths in Cairns, apparently disgusted by the caption in the design. This was followed by a huge discussion on whether it was racist or not and the matter trending all over the internet – not to mention Woolies pulled it from their range and apologised publically for “inadvertently stocking a singlet we find totally unacceptable”. We received some hate mail over it since we have retailed the design since 2008, we also received many emails complimenting us on “still selling” the Australia love it or leave design. We find it “totally unacceptable” that Woolworths reacted this way, however it is their choice to make – we will not make the same choice and we hope our store visitors respect that.

To be honest, we never considered for a moment removing it from sale because regardless of the meaning that people are attributing to it – and boy were there some “out there” interpretations being stated as fact in discussion posts – we work closely with the manufacturer (who employs a true melting-pot of staff by the way), we have retailed the product for many years and we know that racism or being against multiculturalism could not be further from the truth. The design was produced as a patriotic print for Australia day events and Australian souvenir shops, often purchased by tourists to take home from a place they loved to visit. It’s our view there is nothing wrong with loving our great country and being proud of the positives Australia has to offer, it is a great place to live after all.

A Little about our Retail (Online) Store

Here at Australian Native T-Shirts, we offer a good size range of patriotic Australian designs and are proud to have done so since 2004! Mostly purchased leading up to Australia Day in January but also often worn at sporting events and by visitors to Australia to take home for their family & friends. Anything from the traditional Australian flag t-shirt, stylised “Aussie Pride” flag designs and the hardcore Aussie humour t-shirt “This is Australia” often seen on the TV show “Housos”, which by itself became a bit of a sensation a while back and has become part of popular culture. Back in January, ALDI recalled a t-shirt we have stocked since 2009 with “Australia Established 1788″ on it, which in turn also went “viral” on the internet. We didn’t pull that one from sale either.

As part of our huge range of products, we also proudly retail licensed Aboriginal flag products, Aboriginal art t-shirts and gifts and a wide range of Australian made pewter figurines which are made in Queensland by an Australian family business, just like ours. These are all products which in one way or another support Australian companies and families when you purchase from our store and we truly do appreciate your ongoing support. When we opened in 2004, we hoped to have a bit of “something for everyone” and hope you can see that from the diversity of our range.

We received a delightful picture yesterday of Mimi the dog with her new friends purchased from our store – check it out below!

Mimi and Friends - Stuffed Toy Animals from Australian Native

Mimi and Friends - Stuffed Toy Animals from Australian Native

With Mimi are Tommy the Border Collie Dog Toy, Rocky the Cattle Dog Toy and Noodles the Siamese Cat Toy. What a great Scene! Thanks to Amy for the photo, it’s great!

Originally Posted by STUNTgirls (Used with Permission)

 Big news today, hey? We have Australia’s first female Governor General Quentin Bryce swearing in our first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. 

It has been an amazing morning. The news broke via text message from the caucus meeting at Parliament House – a sitting MP sent a message to Samantha Maiden, journalist with the Australian.  The message simply said “G no ballot” meaning that Julia Gillard became PM without a vote – Kevin Rudd had stood down. 

This message was twittered so fast that it reached journalists almost immediately. Some were checking their phones outside Parliament House during the coverage and relayed the news back to the stunned nation.  We now have a new Prime Minister. 

So what happened?  How did we go from having Kevin Rudd as PM one day, and Julia Gillard as PM the next?  Well, there are factions within the party divided along ideological lines. The factions that once supported Rudd removed their support and gave it to Gillard, allowing her to challenge the leadership assured that she would have the numbers when it came to a caucus vote.  

Basically – the Labor Party thought she’d do a better job and asked her to go for it.  So she did.

Ms Julia Gillard – 27th Prime Minister of Australia

  • Born in Wales in 1961 

  • First female to ever become Deputy Prime Minister 

  • First foreign born minister to ever become Deputy Prime Minister 

  • Before being a minister, she worked as a lawyer (industrial law) 

  • Member of the ALP for over 30 years 

  • Formally chief of staff to Victoria Premier John Brumby’s chief of staff 

  • In 1998, she ran for the seat of Lalor (north west suburbs of Melbourne) in Victoria and won 

  • She has been both the Shadow Minister for Population and Immigration and the Shadow Minister for Health 

  • In 2006, She became the Deputy Leader of the Opposition alongside Rudd in the leadership challenge against Kim Beazley 

  • When she became the Deputy Prime Minister and frontbencher, her portfolios were Minister for Education, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister for Social Inclusion. 

  • She lives with her partner and has no children
An historic day for the women of Australia, and an incredible day for Julia Gillard. We can do this, girls! ♥
Thanks Jill from STUNTgirls for the post!
Baby Jess - Donna and Craigs New Daughter!

Baby Jess - Donna and Craigs New Daughter!

She’s a little early and very small but in good health – meet Jess, staff (and family) member Donna’s new baby daughter! Soon(ish) to be crawling all over the office at Australian Native T-Shirts – welcome to the family baby Jess! We’re very happy to report that both the baby and the mother are in good health – congratulations Donna and first-time Dad Craig!

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