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Brisbane Community Struggles with Racial Tension

Posted: Jan. 28th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
City of Brisbane

Though a somewhat antiquated concept in the eyes of those who have not experienced it, racial tensions are alive and well in the city of Brisbane, as a series of vandalism has sparked a dangerous feud between Aborigines and Pacific Islanders. Community leaders from all sides are trying desperately to settle disputes with one of many meetings held on the 17th.

Hundreds of people spilled out the doors of a community meeting in Logan, south of Brisbane, on Thursday night to discuss tensions dividing sections of the community.

Media was asked to leave the meeting shortly after it started.

A neighbourhood dispute over vandalised cars involving two families became a flashpoint for simmering racial tensions between Aborigines and Pacific Islanders in the satellite city south of Brisbane this week.

Although a truce was brokered between two feuding families – the Briggs and the Palaus – in Woodridge on Tuesday night, the elders and community leaders on both sides fear the trouble will not end.


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