Last weekend's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras saw 120 gay and lesbian Australian Army personnel march - mince? - their way down Sydney's Oxford Street wearing their latest 'campaign badge': a rainbow-coloured Army Pride lapel pin.
Muslim students at the Hurstville Boys Campus of Georges River College can refuse to shake hands with women because Muslim teaching states that 'It is better to be stabbed in the head with an iron needle than to touch the hand of a woman' (may I try it out on them, please?)
In a politically correct gesture, pedestrian traffic lights depicting female figures have been installed in Melbourne's CBD "to demonstrate that in fact 50 per cent of our population is female and should therefore also be represented at traffic lights". We may be stuck in traffic jams for ever, but at least now we can look up some skirts.
And two of the Joint Strike Fighter planes, worth around $100 million each, which were flown out from the United States for the Avalon Air Show, couldn't depart again as they are unable to fly in bad weather. Australia has already ordered 72 (with another 28 yet to be decided).
I hope the sun shines when next we go to war although I wonder if we'll still be a country worth fighting for.