While helping to clean a septic tank a shovel of muck was thrown over him

While helping to clean a septic tank a shovel of muck

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occurred that caused him to leave. While helping to clean a septic tank a shovel of muck was thrown over him. Another employee did likewise and the Aboriginal left his job there and then.
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7 MEDIA Complaints against the media in South Australia have involved several country newspapers. In one large provincial centre, the National Aboriginal Conference member complained that articles in a newspaper were discriminatory and biased against Aboriginals. He further complained that the articles were inflammatory in a community where tensions between Aboriginals and whites had reached, in his opinion, serious levels. An Aboriginal organisation representing a number of local Aboriginal organisations also complained about the same newspaper and in particular an article which asserted that police and courts were lenient towards Aboriginals. It was complained that the editor did not seek comment from the police, courts or any Aboriginal spokesperson. In reaction to another newspaper, the local National Aboriginal Conference member complained about an editorial, the message of which was that Aboriginals were nothing more than the recipients of benefits paid for by the taxpayer. A derogatory and grossly offensive poem was also included. It was further complained that requests by Aboriginal representatives for an opportunity to rebut the editorial in the particular newspaper concerned and in other press were rejected. Use of derogatory terms and the dissemination of ideas based on racial hatred and superiority are not unlawful under the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. When Australia ratified the International Convention Against All Forms of Racial Discrimination it reserved its position on Article 4 of the Convention which urges that States Parties declare such activities as an offence punishable by law. Nevertheless the Commissioner for Community Relations has pursued complaints with newspaper proprietors and editors in South Australia in the interests of community relations and with a view to overcoming the offence at what are regarded or felt to be published libels. COMMUNITY It was complained by an Aboriginal parent that there was fighting between Aboriginal and white children at a country high school. Aboriginal parents felt that their children were being picked out for special treatment by staff. Tension in the school became evident as parents became involved and there was an attempt by some white parents to deal with the situation by complaining to the local newspaper, police and school principal about the aggressive behaviour of Aboriginal students towards white students. CONCLUSION Although complaints of racial discrimination against Aboriginals in South Australia under the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 are not
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numerous, those received indicate that racial discrimination exists in the State as it does throughout Australia. The complaints also indicate that there are serious racial tensions in some communities.
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It is the experience of the Commissioner for Community Relations that the number of complaints received does not accurately reflect the extent of racial discrimination. This was borne out by the study made by this
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