Friday, August 27, 2004

The congress has declared Townsville racist..

The Mayor of Townsville, in north Queensland, has dismissed accusations the city is racist. The National Indigenous Human Rights Congress says Townsville authorities are condoning racial hatred.

The congress' director, Errol Wyles, says Indigenous youth are being targeted in racially motivated hit and run attacks and he has likened the situation to genocide.

"Our kids are being killed on the streets, our families are crying out for help, we're not getting any help from the government and people are getting away with all these injustices," he said.

The congress has declared Townsville racist.

But Mayor Tony Mooney says the claims are outlandish and untrue. "I thought it was April Fools Day when I read those comments, they're just laughable and we are not a racist city," he said.

The National Indigenous Human Rights Congress will hold a rally in Townsville next month.

By John Howard 27 August 04


"Message Stick": the newsletter of Senator Aden Ridgeway, Australian Democrats Senator for NSW.

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