Thursday 28th of May 2020

directing staff to segregate aboriginal people into inferior rooms while charging them the same price as other guests...


This cartoon (2009) by Rolf Heimann for Overland was in tandem with Richard Moore, the Melbourne film festival director, being grilled by the Chinese why a movie about Rebiya Kadeer should be in the Festival... (see also: and don't mention huavei...)


Yet, Overland had some issues with Richard Moore:


This week we learned that Richard Moore’s position as executive director of the Melbourne International Film Festival will not be renewed

Finally, I thought, there is some kind of justice in Melbourne.

It isn’t new, this animosity I have toward Moore. It started when he first took over MIFF and I noticed the ‘State of Israel’ logo appearing on pamphlets and at screenings, next to the inscrutable term: cultural partner.

Some people, apparently, do not find a partnership with the State of Israel offensive. I tried to explain away the Moore/MIFF embracement of Israel as unawareness. 

But I think there were some clues along the way. In 2007, MIFF ran a program celebrating Israeli cinema. In 2008, presumably due to the backlash from the ‘we love Israel –aren’t they stronger than ever’ stance, MIFF announced their Border Patrol section.


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But this is about a new form of petty discrimination:


Management at a popular hotel run by Australia's largest hotel group has been directing staff to segregate Aboriginal people into inferior rooms while charging them the same price as other guests, an investigation by ABC's Background Briefing has revealed.

Key points:
  • The ABC obtains an email instructing staff to put people coming from "the communities" into special rooms
  • When two groups make identical bookings, the Aboriginal group receives a room in an inferior condition
  • Accor and the hotel's manager deny racially profiling guests


Employees at the Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis were instructed to direct guests from the communities — a local expression describing Aboriginal people from out of town — into one of six designated rooms.

One staff member, who disclosed details of the practice under the condition they were not named, told the ABC they witnessed it occur on hundreds of occasions.

"It was pretty much standard," the whistleblower explained. 

The instructions to racially profile guests were given in an email sent to Ibis Styles Alice Springs staff last June.

"Just to keep everyone in the loop we are now only putting hospital linen into rooms 85 to 90," the email read.

"These rooms are to be referred to as community rooms and we will try to limit them to just that, those coming from the communities.

"Reception ladies, please use a touch of initiative and allocate accordingly on arrival."


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the frontier wars were genocide...

'A very tragic history': how the trauma of a 1926 massacre echoes through the years

Oombulgurri in the Kimberley remains a place of great pain and darkness almost a century on from the Forrest River killings 

• ‘Conspiracy of silence’: how sabotaged inquiries fed massacre denials

Located on the banks of east Kimberley’s Forrest River, with a scenic cliff face at its entrance, Oombulgurri boasts rare natural beauty. Few would believe this peaceful, isolated spot – only accessible by boat – has experienced so much trauma, and so recently.

Until 1969 Oombulgurri was a punitive Anglican mission called Forrest River. In 1926 tensions between Aboriginal people on the mission and residents of the nearby Nulla Nulla station, on their ancestral lands, came to a bloody head.

Some of them returned to the station and speared some cattle. Then Nulla Nulla’s co-owner Frederick Hay was murdered by an Aboriginal man named Lumbia, for the rape of his wife, Anguloo.

Police constables Graham St Jack and Denis Regan led a posse of 13 police and local white people to find Hay’s killer, taking along an arsenal of Winchester rifles, 500 to 600 rounds of ammunition, 42 horses and shotguns. They inflicted ruthless reprisal attacks on Aboriginal men, women and children at Forrest River.

The mission later reported 30 Aboriginal people “missing”, while an initial police inquiry concluded that 16 people had been killed and their remains burned. A subsequent royal commission into the killings confirmed that at least 11 Aboriginal people had been killed and their remains burned – in three purpose-built stone ovens.


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the butcher of gippsland...

Once revered as a pioneer, the Scottish explorer Angus McMillan is now known as “the butcher of Gippsland”.

This reversal of reputation – from virtuous Presbyterian to cold-blooded killer – is the work not just of the people he wronged but of his own relations and the descendants of his closest friends.

In July 1843 at Warrigal Creek, McMillan and his Highland Brigade surrounded a large group of Gunaikurnai people and mercilessly shot between 60 and 150 men, women and children.

The killings were a reprisal for the murder of Ronald Macalister, who was ambushed by a group of Gunaikurnai men he had chased out of his shop hours earlier.


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rampant racism...

A whistleblower who worked at Adelaide Oval says she was told to stop telling tickets to all Aboriginal people at a NAIDOC Week AFL game last year.

She reported her concerns, but the Equal Opportunity Commission says dealing with information from whistleblowers presents a challenge.


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