ANDREW FORREST’S RACIAL SLUR REFERRED TO HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
A complaint by five Roebourne women has been lodged with the Australian Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) following a statement by FMG chairman and largest shareholder, Andrew Forrest, that “little girls” are approaching men in Roebourne late at night and offering sexual services in exchange for the “cost of a cigarette”.
One of the women, Pansy Sambo, said, “We are sick of this prejudice that black-marks Roebourne and gives our community a bad name. This has a terrible effect on our morale, on our spirit and confidence as a community. We feel humiliated and shamed.”
The joint statement to HREOC by the women states, in part: “It is very hard for our young people to grow up strong when racism and insults like Andrew Forrest made are broadcast across Australia.”
Read this Press release 17 Aug 2011