Roebourne community demands apology for Forrest’s slur of Roebourne girls
Download FULL Press Release 20 July 2011
EXTRACT: On Four Corners (Iron & Dust 18 July 2011) Andrew Forrest told a story about “little” Aboriginal girls approaching him late at night in Roebourne to offer sex for cigarettes. [...]
This is definitely not the Roebourne of today.
Mr Forrest’s statement about the “little girls” in Roebourne is deeply hurtful, especially to the women and girls of the community. What makes this even more offensive is the link Andrew Forrest made between the alleged ‘depravity’ of the Roebourne girls and his rejection of a fair and equitable agreement with Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation, because, as he stated, “I am not going to encourage with our cash that kind of behaviour. [...] It seems Mr Forrest needs to tell stories of ‘depravity’ in Aboriginal communities, so he can put himself forward as the ‘humanitarian’ philanthropist who will rescue Aboriginal people from themselves – all the while dispossessing traditional owners of the rights they are due from their ancestral lands.
The community of Roebourne deserves a fair go, and demands an apology.