Professor walks out

Sydney Daily Telegraph - 9th May 2000

A LEADING Aboriginal advocate yesterday walked out of a surgeons' conference saying she was ``sick of hearing it's not possible to help the darkies''.

Professor Marcia Langton , foundation chairwoman of Australian indigenous studies at Melbourne University, accused doctors of perpetuating a culture of hate against indigenous people which contributed to their Third World health status.

She said the AMA's policy of capping the number of bulk billed services prevented Aborigines in needy remote areas from accessing health care.

At the end of her address she clashed with a surgeon in the audience who said it was ``an absolute lie'' that the AMA capped bulk billing and there were other ``untruths'' in her speech.

At this, Prof Langton walked out.