MANY North Queenslanders are in uproar after it was revealed nurses and midwives should acknowledge their “white privilege” when treating Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders as part of their Code of Conduct.

This move by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia – exposed by Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives – forces nurses and midwives to agree that simply being born white is a bad thing.

White privilege is generally defined as people with white skin having unearned advantages over people of different coloured skin, and it’s a theme pushed mainly by those on the left of the political divide.

The notion that being born white gives people unearned advantages over non-whites is being pushed mainly by those on the left of politics.


But the proponents of “white privilege” ignore the fact Asians in Western countries are doing as well or better than their white hosts in a range of categories.

Asians and Australians of Asian descent are exploding the myth that not being born white makes it tougher to succeed.

So if they are doing better than whites, surely the hatemongers should be attacking them too, but they don’t and this exposes them as simply anti-white racists.

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show people with Japanese, Chinese, South Korean and Indian ancestry are – on average – obtaining university degrees at almost double the rate of third-generation Australians (TGA).

The ABS doesn’t hold figures on people who identify as “white”, so third-generation Australians who speak English at home is about as close as we can get.

The figures also show that the rates of Asians earning more than $156,000 a year are comparable to rates of TGA on that money.

Indians especially do well in Australia with ABS figures showing there is a greater percentage of people of Indian heritage earning $41,000 or more than the percentage of TGA.

Indians hold their percentage lead over TGA in all income brackets between $41,000 and $156,000pa-plus.

Activists claim “privilege” includes factors such as Band-Aids only coming in light skin tones.

Try convincing non-white people on $400,000 a year that not being able to get a Band-Aid in their skin tone is holding them back. Maybe they just use the clear strips or the Spider-Man ones and get on with their day.

This edict for nurses and midwives is the sort of radical left-wing ideology that has entrenched itself in important positions of public policy influence all over the world.

It shows a belief that Western (read: white) culture cannot be a source of pride, even though it’s responsible for many of the world’s most significant achievements.

Thomas Sowell – a black American – is one of the more brilliant theorists on society, climate change, economics and taxation. He says: “What ‘multiculturalism’ boils down to is that you can praise any culture in the world except Western culture – and you cannot blame any culture in the world except Western culture.”

It’s clear that the only people pushing racism, racial division, race hate and racial identity politics are the people claiming to be racism’s biggest opponents.

They should be called out for this hypocrisy and consigned to mere bit-players in matters of public policy rather than gifted positions of such influence as the Nursing and Midwifery Board.

Head of the NMBA, Lynette Cusack, says the code was formulated in consultation with nurses.

Queensland Nurses and Midwives Union secretary Beth Mohle said the code “does not directly refer to privilege of any kind” and does not ask nurses to directly refer to privilege, even though “acknowledgement of white privilege” is clearly spelled out on page 15 of the new code as part of a “decolonising model of practice”.

However, breakaway nurses’ union, the Nurses Professional Association, slammed the code. So do nurses agree with the white privilege clause or not?

Either way, the NMBA should not demean hardworking staff by forcing them to be part of contrived culture wars, and should immediately delete this section from its code.

Nurses and midwives who disagree should also be up in arms publicly before the code goes live this month.

* This is a corrected version of an article that appeared on March 1. The figures used in the original article misconstrued the ABS figures for households as rates for individuals. Percentages were also confused with total numbers.

March 2, 2018 11:33am

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