LADY CILENTO

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HIS­TORY is what it was but “re­vi­sion­ism” is now in favour. Mon­u­ments of Con­fed­er­ate Gen­eral Robert E. Lee were torn down in the Amer­i­can south.

Now it is the mem­ory of Lady Phyl­lis Cilento, a woman med­i­cal pi­o­neer that is be­ing at­tacked.

She was the first woman grad­u­ate from her uni­ver­sity med­i­cal class in 1919 and was widely fol­lowed for her Med­i­cal Mother Col­umn, weekly in The Courier-Mail. Op­po­si­tion is be­cause of her al­legedly ho­mo­pho­bic and racial re­marks at­trib­uted to her in the con­text of the times.

Dr Cilento was so pop­u­lar, some doc­tors com­plained the med­i­cal symp­toms she wrote of, ap­peared in pa­tients pre­sent­ing in surg­eries the day af­ter pub­li­ca­tion.

Our State La­bor Gov­ern­ment has de­cided the hospi­tal ti­tled af­ter her sounds po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect. This de­ci­sion was de­cided af­ter a stacked and shonky sur­vey was taken up. This whole busi­ness has been dis­tress­ing to her sole re­main­ing child, David aged 82.

Be­fore La­bor gath­ers up self-righ­teous skirts, they should re­flect on post war fed­eral La­bor leader Arthur Cald­well, who also spoke in the con­text of the times, dur­ing a par­lia­ment speech in 1947. In sup­port of the White Aus­tralia Pol­icy, Cald­well fa­mously stated, “Two Wongs don’t make a white.”

PE­TER KNOBEL, Toowoomba

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