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Reverse Discrimination, Coming to a Job Near You

Political correctness is one of those things that can be, and often is, taken way out of hand.

In January this year, we saw a national debate over the term ‘white privilege’ erupt, when new codes of conduct for nurses and midwives noted ‘a decolonising model of practice based on dialogue, communication, power sharing and negotiation, and the acknowledgement of white privilege’.

And we are seeing it crop up vehemently in South Australia, after government departments are being criticised for forcing bureaucrats to acknowledge white privilege in aboriginal cultural awareness training.

According to Cory Bernadi, Senator for South Australia, public servants have contacted his office worried about losing their jobs after declining to partake in the training, which requires they acknowledge their ‘white privilege’.

I’ve had public servants contacting my office, fearful for their jobs because in good conscience they cannot undergo this man­datory indoctrination,’ Senator Bernardi told The Australian yesterday.

They are being discriminated against because political correctness and bureaucracy have run out of control under the noses of the major parties,’ he added.

The politically correct brigade in Australia wants to stifle anything you say if they deem it ‘dangerous’, or even if it just hurts someone’s feelings. This free report reveals more.

Do we need cultural awareness training?

Currently, the codes do not demand nurses or midwives to declare nor apologise for white privilege.

According The Australian, a learning outcomes section asks staff to define white privilege and its effect on Aboriginal health.

Detailed in two SA Health documents for cultural and workplace, ‘there is an undeniable relationship between the continuing impact of colonisation and racism on the current health status of Aboriginal people’.

White ‘colonist’ doctors and nurses (not to mention those of Asian and other backgrounds) are out there working long hours doing all they can to help. It’s up to Aboriginals whether they accept the advice and help they are given.

In reality, all this code does it further indoctrinate ALL Australians. According to The Australian, staff are required to do such things as identify examples of white privilege, analyse how white privilege impacts on Aboriginal people’s experience of health care services, and explain cultural self-awareness and identify their own cultural values.

Premier Steven Marshall department ‘actively encourages public sector employees to patriciate in Aboriginal cultural awareness training,’ as stated on their website.

However, Mr Marshall insists the cultural awareness training is not compulsory, stating:

Cultural awareness training is an option made available to public sector employees,’ he said.

The use of the term “white privilege” … [is] not a term that I would personally use.’

Senator Bernardi spoke unapologetically about the training.

This politically correct nonsense is offensive, if not racist, towards many Australians.’

Right now it is only in nursing and midwifery sectors, but soon political correctness could mean people with lighter pigment can’t enter a room without acknowledging they have white privilege…

Free report: Australia’s right to free speech is under attack! Discover how a select group of Australians want to stifle your fundamental right to speak your mind — and what you can do to help turn the tide.

Lachlann Tierney
Lachlann Tierney is a writer for The Australian Tribune. He has a background in politics, public policy and has studied at London School of Economics. Lachlann is interested in small government, tertiary education matters and energy policy.
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  1. good luck people ( I know I can’t say ‘guys ‘ which I regard as non sexist anyway 🙂 )

  2. Well I work in many regional and outback hospitals often with a majority of Indigenous patients.I was once told I needed cultural awareness training.I started off by asking the trainer what did they say if they met an indigenous person on the street walking towards them.Answer-why nothing.My reply-well I say hello as I treat Indigenous people exactly as I would anyone else.

  3. In heavens name who are these buffoons who think they can rule the roost for some imaginary off the planet reason seemingly because someone might be offended….well that very idea offends me …but I am a big boy now so will let it pass in the hope sanity will prevail.