Australian city pulls tourism ad over ‘whitewash’ controversy

Australia: An Australian city has removed a tourism advert from the internet after it was accused of a “whitewash” of indigenous people and ethnic minorities.

The advert for Rockhampton, Queensland, was published on Monday and showed scenes of people and local attractions.

After the video was released online yesterday, members of the public voiced their outrage over the ‘Rockhampton Can’ advertisement, citing a lack of local Indigenous and multi-cultural representation.

Darumbal and South Sea Islander Rockhampton woman, Amy McQuire, was one of those who took to Facebook and Twitter to criticise the video.

“I think the Rockhampton Regional Council might actually believe the White Australia Policy worked judging from the blinding whiteness of their latest tourism ad,” she said on social media.

“What a whitewash.”

Rockhampton Regional Council immediately responded on Twitter.

“We have now taken this video down,” the post said.

“You are right and we should not be promoting the Rockhampton Region without celebrating the Darumbal people, the area’s long history and our diverse community.”

“We apologise and we will do better.”

Rockhampton, about 600km (370 miles) north of Brisbane, is a city of about 80,000 people that promotes itself as Australia’s beef capital.

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