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Commonwealth Games volunteers told to use ‘gender-neutral’ titles

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A directive instructing Commonwealth Games volunteers not to use “gender-based terms” like ladies and gentleman will stop Australia looking backwards on the world stage, according to supporters of the idea.

The matter has sparked debate after an official handbook suggested those working at the Gold Coast games steer clear of phrases such as “ladies and gentlemen” and “boys and girls” to avoid causing offence.

One Queensland MP says it’s political correctness gone mad.

Dr Lauren Rosewarne, lecturer in gender and feminist politics at Melbourne University, told 3AW Mornings it was a good idea.

“We don’t want a silly slip-up of Australia looking retrograde on the world stage,” she said.

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