1. Real estate ad boasts “the aboriginals have already moved out”.
A real estate advertisement for luxury apartments has used the absence of Aboriginal people as a ‘selling point’.
Iconic suburb Redfern, in the city’s inner East, has long been the indigenous heart of Sydney’s inner city. But the ad — first published online four years ago — included the words “the Aboriginals have already moved out” in its advertising copy.
It’s a move that has outraged Aboriginal leaders, The Australian reports.
“Dei Cota has good rental return and convenient location. The Aboriginals have already moved out, now Redfern is the last virgin suburb close to city, it will have great potential for the capital growth in the near future,” the online advertisement, by Great Fortune Investments — one of several firms marketing at private company Dei Cota, read.
A screenshot from the Great Fortune Investments website, where the offensive advertisement was visible until yesterday.
Deicorp owner Fouad Deiri told The Australian that Great Fortune Investments had not “correctly” worded the advertisement.
“They were trying to make comment about the relocation of The Block and it hadn’t been worded correctly,” he said. “The Chinese have a funny way of expressing themselves where they use their words where they are not trying to be offensive, but they do offend people.”
The company removed the offending reference yesterday from its website. (As they damn well should).