Is Rocky racist? Salvos have say
AFTER the contentious claims that Tilleala Leisha was left stranded after a bus driver refused to pick up her and her friends from a Yeppoon stop because of the colour of their skin, The Bulletin spoke to Major Peter McGuigan of the Salvation Army on the issue of racism in the region.
"The Salvation Army is working closely with Rockhampton's multi-cultural and indigenous residents and we have definitely seen a growing respect within the community for both of those groups," he said.
"Unfortunately, Australia has a history of prejudice, which has been pretty evident when you look at things like the White Australia Policy. But I think for the most part we are getting more accepting of other cultures. "It's sad, but the ugly face of prejudice does rear its ugly head every now and then, but I don't believe it's just Rockhampton.
"I think you could go to any Australian city and witness some sort of racial intolerance."
Major McGuigan said even though things were not perfect, there had been a noticeable improvement in people's attitudes towards other cultures in both Rockhampton and Australia and he was optimistic things would continue to improve.
The Morning Bulletin attempted to contact a number of community leaders for their thoughts on this issue, but most were unavailable.