South Africa stripped of World Cup placing

The International Cricket Council this morning moved on South Africa for flouting the NSW Government’s ban on unacceptable, misleading and obscene names. This policy initiative was announced a year ago as a result of a commitment from Premier Barry O’Farrell to Christian Democrat MLC Fred Nile that the Government would clean up language and unacceptable gestures.

The ICC announced that South Africa had breached the Government commitment by playing Quinton De Kock. This cultural insensitivity was “regrettable”, a representative of the South African Cricket Association said. “We also apologise for playing Vernon Philander, as his name could easily be confused as philanderer. We apologise to Mr Nile and the Government.”

The Hon Mr Nile, emboldened and encouraged by looking like he will shortly hold the balance of power in the Legislative Council, welcomed the Government’s pressure on South Africa.

Mr Baird is doing the right thing and for a Government committed to high standards, clearing out those ten questionable people and not having a Deputy Premier named Stoner is a real improvement.

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