The Nationwide Retail Affiliation (NRA) has created the inaugural ‘Dirty Mirror Award’ and bestowed it on the Australian Medical Affiliation (AMA) for its “breathtaking hypocrisy in public affairs”.
NRA CEO Dominique Lamb stated the AMA deserved the award for its efforts to guard the monopoly over nicotine vaping loved by docs and pharmacists.
“Doctors are set to make a lot of money from prescribing nicotine products for vaping, and then sending customers on to pharmacies so they can get a slice of the vaping action,” Lamb stated.
“The only businesses in the equation who are not making money from nicotine vaping are Australian retailers. So, it’s understandable that in its public positioning the doctors’ union has sought to protect that monopoly at all costs.
“In doing so, they have attacked mum and dad retail businesses who would like to transition away from selling cigarettes and move to vaping, which has been recognised by the World Health Organisation as a less harmful alternative to smoking.
“So, for using anti-tobacco day to stop Australian businesses reducing their reliance on tobacco; for happily agreeing that GPs and chemists should take money for vaping but no-one else; and for all-round extraordinary hypocrisy, we happily nominate the AMA for the Dirty Mirror Award.
“In fact, the self-interest is so breathtaking, we wonder if the AMA has taken a Hypocritic Oath.”
Lamb stated though rank hypocrisy and self-interest was rife in Australian political debate, the physician’s union had clearly stood out from the pack among the many 2021 entries.
She stated the NRA would proceed to run anti-smoking campaigns and would proceed to advocate on behalf of shops who wished to shift away from cigarette gross sales.
“In handing over this award, we have to admire the brazen self-interest of the AMA, but perhaps doctors ought to kick their own vaping habit before lecturing others.
“It’s a case of physician heal thyself, or maybe just take a good hard look in the dirty mirror.”
The Nationwide Retail Affiliation is the voice of recent retail, representing greater than 30,000 shops throughout Australia. It has been serving companies within the retail and fast-food sectors for near 100 years.