Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Nurses feared for their lives, as town of Bourke grapples with rising crime by Aboriginal youths

It is getting towards a refusal by nurses to go there. There have been examples of that elsewhere. But the young thugs don't care. In such situations an enhanced police presence is often the only thing that keeps medical services available

The nurses told the ABC's The World Today program that they fear for the safety of their colleagues and patients due to a lack of security and staff.

All of the nurses who spoke to the ABC shared their stories on the condition of anonymity.

Steve, not his real name, said he feared a nurse could lose their life if security was not improved. "I can get stabbed any time of the day, that can happen at any time," he said.

In one of the most recent incidents, several student nurses were allegedly threatened and robbed by young offenders armed with a knife.

The escalating threat of violent crime has had an effect on staff at Bourke's hospital and their ability to care for patients, according to the nurses, and they fear some patients could even die due to a chronic lack of hospital staff.

Helen, another nurse, said staffing and security had to be improved before it was too late. "Are they going to wait for someone to die before they do something?" she said.

Mark Spittal, the chief executive of the Western NSW Local Health District, which has responsibility for the hospital in Bourke, said the safety of staff was of the highest priority. "We have zero tolerance for threatening or criminal behaviour that affects our workforce," said Mr Spittal.

But the town, 800 kilometres west of Sydney, is still struggling to end the threat of crime.

On Sunday night, a visiting magistrate experienced crime first-hand. Police say several young offenders allegedly broke into a Bourke motel room where the 66-year-old woman was sleeping and tried to steal her handbag, after wrestling her to the ground.

Three juveniles, including a 10-year-old, were arrested.

Abuse 'every single day', says nurse

The nurses who spoke to the ABC shared details of several times they had felt unsafe during their time in the community.

Nancy worked as a nurse at Bourke hospital for more than two years, before leaving in 2020. "They just abuse us, every single day," she said. "I've had colleagues who were physically harmed by the patients, one of them was punched in the face."

She said there were not enough staff at the hospital to deal with patients with mental health and drug and alcohol issues, which she said were common.

"A mental health patient, he was brought in by the police, they said they already frisk searched him for any dangerous items," she said.

But quickly a violent and dangerous scene broke out in front of her. "Right in front of me, right in front of the hospital, he just took out a blade and started slashing himself," she said.

"He went out of the hospital and grabbed a rubbish bin and he smashed it, he smashed it on the front door and the glass front door, it was broken."

Incidents such as this have led the University of Sydney to suspend its student nurse placements in Bourke.

The situation is exacerbated by the lack of adequate security staffing, according to Steve. "It's pretty scary because we don't have like a proper security guard on duty at night," he said.

He said he had been told by violent patients that they would stab him if they saw him outside the hospital.

While he worked in the town, he feared going to authorities and having to testify in court, because of potential reprisals.

"Bourke is just a small town and if I appear in court or something like that, I don't know what will happen, I'm just also scared of my life if I do that," he said.

Another nurse, Helen, said general staff at the hospital had tried to help with the security situation, but with only one security guard who was not always on shift, protecting nurses was impossible.

"The gardeners, the cleaners, the kitchen staff [tried to help but], they don’t hold a licence as security," she said.

She left Bourke in 2020, after three years at the hospital.

Mr Spittal from the Western NSW Local Health District told the ABC that after a recent security audit of the hospital, changes have been made since the incidents described by the nurses.

"A number of measures have been established or expanded, including a 24/7 presence of security personnel and improvements to infrastructure, including lighting," he said.

"Further improvements and measures will be put in place in the coming days."


Another dubious Aborigine

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After years of fans calling for more diversity, Brooke Blurton is officially this year's Bachelorette, marking the first time in the franchise's history an Indigenous and openly bisexual woman will take the lead.

Brooke, a proud Noongar-Yamatji woman from Western Australia, will have both men and women vying for her heart—this is an Australian-first.

"I am so ready for this," Brooke said in a statement back in May.

"I've done it twice before and now, having the opportunity to choose my person and who I want in my life, is a truly unique and special experience.

"My perfect person is someone that loves me for me," she added. "I hope they offer shared values and compassion for others. All the dreamy things! I'm so excited and hope that I finally find that person I've been waiting for."


Push to remove ‘woke’ anti-racist street signs from Woollahra fails

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Anti-racist signs will remain on display in some of Sydney’s most affluent suburbs after a push to remove them from streets in the inner east narrowly failed.

Woollahra Municipal Council voted 8-7 to keep the “racism not welcome” signs in their current locations after a contentious debate on Monday night.

Three Liberal councillors originally proposed removing all 12 red signs from the local government area (LGA) because they created the “false impression that Woollahra locals are racists”.

A compromise proposal to remove the signs from residential streets and reposition them in public areas such as parks and transport hubs failed after councillor Mary-Lou Jarvis insisted the signs be removed from the area entirely.

Ms Jarvis said she was distressed by how the “politically correct” signs had set residents in the area against each other.

“This has divided the council, it’s divided the community.”

Mary-Lou Jarvis, Woollahra councillor
“This has divided the council, it’s divided the community,” she said. “It’s wokeism writ large and has created division where there wasn’t any before. This is all about making people feel good rather than taking actions to reduce racism.”

She added: “I hope the people who got us into this mess feel good about what they’ve done.”

Ms Jarvis said she was reflecting the concerns of residents upset that the “race-based politics” of the inner-city were being imported to the eastern suburbs.

Other residents told her they went to local parks to escape politics but were instead confronted by anti-racist signs which they regarded as “graffiti to the eye”.


Marxism’s long march through Australia's political parties

David Flint

Why should anyone be surprised that some in the far-left faction of the parliamentary Liberal parties, the LINOs, demonstrate their dislike of those who are even mildly conservative? Intolerance of even slightly different views is a badge of Marxism, a creed which is marching through too many institutions in the Anglo-American world.

That they would carelessly leave texts about this is unlikely; this is no doubt done for a reason.

The existence of a disguised Marxist wing in a parliamentary Liberal party is readily demonstrated by the most minimal consideration of what can happen under Coalition governments in, among many other examples, education. Too often education is being replaced with Marxist indoctrination even to the extent of lowering standards in core subjects. True, there are Liberals who put up a good fight against this. Think of Alan Tudge. But he is an exception.

For those not part of the far-left, the typical attitude is to let sleeping dogs lie. Waiting recently to be interviewed on 2GB while he was talking with Mark Latham, my fellow columnist Kel Richards recounted the reaction when he proposed to a former NSW Liberal minister of education that some leftist outrage be corrected. The minister’s media adviser responded: ‘Kel, Kel, you just don’t understand. We run the minister’s office. The Marxists run the department. The last thing we want is to have a public stand-up fight with them.’

And why incidentally do you think the Liberal party was almost wiped out in the recent WA elections? Did you hear their leader on global warming? Labor parties are always doomed to have a Marxist wing, but now there’s even one emerging among the Nationals. While Liberal Marxists are, in terms of the total membership, quite small, as with all Marxists their agenda is to take power by hook or by crook.

On that, don’t fall for the myth that Lenin took power in a revolution – it was just a well-organised coup with no wide support.

To get power, LINOs are closely integrated with the cabal of powerbrokers who actually run the party. And of course, unlike during Menzies’ time, rank-and-file Liberals are no more than useful foot soldiers.

The emergence of this faction recalls a time when the Berejiklian government came close to losing its majority on the floor of Parliament. This was after the 2019 election when the Parliament was suddenly confronted with the urgent need for abortion law reform, portrayed as a soi-disant conscience question.

This was deemed so urgent that it was not even mentioned in the immediately past election campaign. And with abortion already freely available in the state, was the problem that the rate at which the unborn were being killed was too low?

We should recall that there was a time, not so many years ago, when few in the Coalition would have endorsed abortion. Nor would many Labor MPs, then strongly influenced by Catholic teaching. For Marxists once, abortion was only a Stalinist population-planning tool; today it has become a core feminist belief. For Liberals in Menzies day, it offended a fundamental principle on which democracy and the rule of law is based, enunciated succinctly by the American founders. This is that mankind is endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights and that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

In any event, the obviously supportive role of the Premier in 2019 for the abortion bill (disguised as a reproductive reform bill) so outraged two real Liberal MPs, Tanya Davies and Kevin Conolly, that they told Ms. Berejiklian they would no longer sit in the party room if crucial amendments to the bill were not passed. In particular they were opposed to the first introduction of the lawful infanticide of living babies, those ones who escape the abortion and are actually born. When a bill authorising this was approved by the New York Senate, it attracted a standing ovation.

The true Liberals would not have that in NSW and they prevailed. If an abortion actually results in a baby being born, the abortionist doctor is required to care for that baby.

You would have thought that that was obvious and should never have been resisted.

Another matter of concern was the killing of far more girls than boys, sex-selective abortion, one of the aspects of multiculturalism not talked about in elite circles. Although sex-selective abortion is widely practised in a number of cultures resulting in the world-wide loss of millions of girl babies, the reply was that there is ‘no credible evidence of sex-selection abortions in NSW.’

One concession to the defenders of life was an agreement to hold an official inquiry. This has now found that some people have actually revealed that the sole reason for the abortion was that the baby was a girl. So girls are being killed because they are girls, and probably many more than revealed.

This should invite the outrage of feminists. But bowing to various Marxist dogmas, including the equality of civilisations, many feminists find a solution in either embarrassed silence or even in an aggressive support of abortion based on sex-selection.

In the meantime, always conscientious in such matters, the Reverend Fred Nile has introduced an Abortion Law Reform (Sex-Selection Prohibition) Amendment Bill which seeks to eliminate the practice of aborting unborn children on the grounds of their sex. Further, the Bill penalises medical practitioners who conduct a sex-selective abortion.

If the Bill is passed the problem will be that such abortions will continue but not be revealed, at least initially.

As the Reverend Fred Nile points out, the first step is to declare the legal principle.

This also raises wider issues. Why is it considered right to kill the innocent? And why do so many sit back and allow the Marxists to infiltrate everything?


Also see my other blogs. Main ones below:

http://dissectleft.blogspot.com (DISSECTING LEFTISM -- daily)

http://antigreen.blogspot.com (GREENIE WATCH)

http://pcwatch.blogspot.com (POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WATCH)

http://edwatch.blogspot.com (EDUCATION WATCH)

http://snorphty.blogspot.com/ (TONGUE-TIED)


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