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Human rights body to mediate Tahu race row

By Jim Morton 03/11/2010 06:00:46 PM Comments (0)

The latest Timana Tahu racism row is in the hands of the Human Rights Commission.

ARL Indigenous Council chairman Smiley Johnstone on Wednesday revealed mediators appointed by the commission will sit down with Tahu and the 16-year-old aboriginal player who he allegedly racially vilified last month.

Northern United coach Chris Binge filed a complaint with the NRL that Tahu called his son Caleb "a black c..." during a match at the Koori Knockout festival at Woy Woy.

Tahu, who walked out of the NSW State of Origin team in protest of assistant coach Andrew Johns' use of the same language, only this week agreed to a conciliation process, more than three weeks after the incident.

The NRL has in turn given the parties the option of having the matter handled by the Human Rights Commission, who will mediate under NRL policy.

Despite the long delay, Johnstone, who has investigated the matter and worked to bring the parties together, remains confident there will be a satisfactory resolution to the controversy.

"It's out of my hands now," he said at the launch of the new Indigenous All Stars jersey on the Gold Coast.

"It's going to be mediated by professional mediators through the Australian Human Rights Commission.

"I don't pass any judgement on the allegation other than to say the only thing to fix up what was said or alleged to have been said is for the parties concerned to sit down and talk about it.

"I know the people who have made the complaint say they just want to sit down and have the conversation."

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