The Art of the Australian Insult

So much for saving lives
July 9, 2008, 3:25 am
Filed under: Ethnic Insults, Sex | Tags: , ,

She felt “totally ridiculed” and officers had said she had a “hairy lip” and that her “hair looked like one of the Aboriginal ladies at the mission”, she said.

The sad, sad story of Christine Hodder, an ambulance worker at Cowra, who committed suicide after years of workplace bullying, which apart from personal insults, including letting down the tyres of her car and urinating all over the toilet. Hodder thought that the victimisation was in response to the fact that she was the first woman to be employed as an ambulance worker at Cowra.

“In July, 2005, the chief executive of the NSW Ambulance Service, Greg Rochford, wrote to Mr Hodder and said an investigation had been completed.

The letter, also made public, reveals the service began the investigation three days before Christine Hodder died and found a culture of male dominance, “acceptance of poor standards of cleanliness” and “white-anting”.”


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