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As in the question header, I recently had to sit through 2 hours of The Wiggles (with my grandson) and I noticed they are wearing what appears to be Starfleet uniforms.

Is there a reason for this? Was there a Star Trek link to Australia at some time?

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    They are Trekkies???
    – Hans Olo
    Feb 8, 2020 at 15:02
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    It's sad that you've had to pretend that your grandson was there. Just admit that you jig along with The Wiggles!
    – Valorum
    Feb 8, 2020 at 15:34
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    You've only posted this question because the Yellow Wiggle is doing the Vulcan salute!
    – CJ Dennis
    Feb 8, 2020 at 23:29
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    What part of the ship does the purple-shirted guy work in?
    – EvilSnack
    Feb 9, 2020 at 13:36
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    @EvilSnack - it's a specialized off shoot of medical, sleep technicians. Constantly trying to improve the quality of the crews sleep, often by testing new techniques on themselves, which then required other crew members to wake them up.
    – Jon P
    Feb 10, 2020 at 0:21

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This was addressed in an interview with Red Wiggle Murray Cook. In short, the colour selection was nothing to do with Star Trek. They just picked bold colours that kids would recognise and remember.

Q. Looking at your uniforms, they look a bit Star Trek-esque. Were you thinking of Spock and Kirk when you designed them?

A. No, not at all. Our uniforms were just a good way for the kids to identify which Wiggle was which by association with colours.

So, a case of convergent evolution, not emulation.

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    They aren't all usual Star Trek colors anyway, at least not from TOS. Lachy's uniform is purple.
    – Tronman
    Feb 8, 2020 at 16:15
  • @Tronman - It all depends on the lighting; i.stack.imgur.com/x0e7Y.jpg
    – Valorum
    Feb 8, 2020 at 17:17
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    Actually, they are The Orville Planetary Union uniforms. Feb 8, 2020 at 17:26
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    I wouldn't be surprised if Star Trek also chose uniforms with bold, distinct colors so even on early color televisions in the 1960's you could tell what color everyone was wearing. Feb 9, 2020 at 14:50
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    @IllusiveBrian - You are correct, Sir. startrekpropauthority.com/2008/05/… - "A film stock thing"
    – Valorum
    Feb 9, 2020 at 14:56

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