Football league officials advised that racial discrimination was not a factor

Football league officials advised that racial

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Football league officials advised that racial discrimination was not a factor. Refusal had been based on a decision not to increase the number of affiliated clubs because of a general shortage of players. It was further stated that Aboriginal players from Point Pearce had played in league for many years and had represented the league at inter- association level. Complainant did not require further action.
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Complaint as Stated Outcome/Basis of Settlement 19 PORT AUGUSTA 82/5460 Police and Media National Aboriginal Conference member complained against the local newspaper because of articles which were discriminatory and biaised towards Aboriginals and had that effect of creating serious tensions in community relations in the town. PORT AUGUSTA 81/7508 Media Area Office staff of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs complained that an article in the local newspaper was offensive to and biased against Aboriginals. Derogatory reference was made to Aboriginal land rights and alcoholism while positive de- velopments and achievements of Aboriginal people at Port Augusta were ignored. He lodged a further complaint against police officers for allegedly holding an Aboriginal youth while a white youth hit him. This followed an incident when a car load of white youths abused a group of Aboriginals in their home. The Aboriginals had called the police when one of the white youths said he would get a shotgun to shoot the Aboriginals. The Commissioner for Community Relations is inquiring into the complaints. Commissioner for Community Relations asked complainant for copies of offensive articles and editorials. Although the dissemination of ideas based on racial superiority and hatred are not unlawful under the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 the Commissioner for Community Relations takes up such complaints with editors and newspaper proprietors in
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the interests of community relations.
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Complaint as Stated Outcome/Basis of Settlement 20 PORT AUGUSTA 81/5245 Employment A young Aboriginal employed on a sheep station alleged that he was abused with derogatory names and was mistreated by staff. It was also complained that on one occasion the manager threw a shovel of muck over the boy. Matter was referred to the station manager who stated that on occasions there had been light-hearted banter in which references were made to race or colour. The manager said that these had been good natured exchanges and they did not appear to have distressed the boy at the time. As to the specific incident, the manager denied the allegation but agreed that at the time the boy had become distressed before announcing his intention of quitting. He and other staff had apologised for the upset he felt, but were unable to persuade him to stay. Inquiries are continuing.
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