Indigenous women 'weren't suitable to stay' at hotelMikey 11 comments
Although we don't read about it all the often, racism is alive and well in Australia. The Haven Backpacker Resort in Alice Springs may be facing legal action after it turned away a group of indigenous women because they "weren't suitable to stay there".
The 16 women and children, including young mothers and a 3 month old baby, had travelled 300 kilometres to train as life guards at the community swimming pool. A short time after checking into the hotel the manager told them they had to leave because the other guests were concerned for their safety. Bethany Langdon said:
"They said, because you're Aboriginal, other tourists were making complaints that they were scared of us. I felt like I wanted to cry, because it made me feel like I wasn't an Australian."
The resort has issued a statement saying they were asked to leave because the resort is for international tourists, which the group were not. Ms Langdon and the rest of the group are considering legal action for discrimination.
If you would like to contact the Haven Backpacker Resort and ask them about their no-blacks policy, call (+61) 08 8952 4663 or email . Web site: www.alicehaven.com.au.
My take: If you need to be an international tourist to be eligible for accommodation, why were they allowed to check-in initially? When this question gets put forward to them wait for the response claiming it was a 'clerical error'. The hotel offered to organise alternative accommodation and to even pay for it. This sounds like the actions of someone trying to reduce the chances of the women making a fuss or reporting it. Well now it's gone public and all I have to say is: The Haven Packpacker Resort is an embarrassment to this proud country. Shame on them.
Source: ABC News.