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Federal Senator slams Aboriginal hospital policy as ‘old 1950s racism’

Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm is calling out the NSW government’s proposed Aboriginal hospital policy, saying it’s reminiscent of “the old 1950s racism”.

The move would see emergency departments across the state introducing  “culturally appropriate spaces” and “designated Aboriginal waiting rooms” for indigenous people.

Senator Leyonhjelm tells Alan Jones the policy is racist.

“Where this is heading is separate development. I think it’s reminiscent of the old 1950s racism.

“The idea that they… can’t sit around in waiting rooms like other people and wait for medical attention is offensive to them I would have thought.”

He says we need to “treat people as people”.

“Treating people differently on the basis of race… it’s still racism. We should just have nothing to do with it.”

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