'No Indians, Asians' job ad sparks outrage in Australia

Aug 29, 2012, 07:14 IST | Agencies

Racism in Australia raises its ugly head after a supermarket contractor put up an ad that banned Asians or Indians applying; it has since been taken down from the website

A supermarket contractor has been slammed for a racist job advert, banning Indian or Asian applicants. The online advert was posted on Sunday, seeking cleaners for a Coles supermarket at Eastlands Shopping Centre.

The ad in part read: “Store requires no indians or asians please. Must speak english (sic)”. The advert, on the Gumtree website, generated outrage on social media sites, with calls for people to boycott the store and lodge complaints.

Racism in writing: Coles, the supermarket in Tasmania has apologised for the ad

“Which supermarket is this so I can boycott them?” one Facebook user said. “A case for the Anti-Discrimination Commission, surely,” said another. “What planet are they on?”, asked another. The job ad was later removed from the site.

A Coles spokesman yesterday admitted the advert had been posted by a contract company responsible for cleaning its Rosny store.

The Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Robin Banks said she would track the contractor and pursue legal action

“The ad was placed without Coles’ knowledge and we were extremely concerned to learn of the ad and its contents,” spokesman Jim Cooper said.

“Coles is a proud, equal-opportunity employer and at no time have we ever issued the directives contained in this ad. We have made these points in no uncertain terms to the cleaning contractors in question.”

Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Robin Banks said she wanted to track down the cleaning contractor to pursue possible legal action. “It’s unlawful to blanket preclude a person because of their race,” she said.

Banks said she often received complaints about job adverts that discriminated against particular races. She said both the company offering the position and the publisher of the advert could be subject to legal action.

“Gumtree is probably in breach [of the law] as well because the Act says you can’t publish, display, etcetera, material that is discriminatory,” Banks said.

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