Young indigenous couple refused entry to their local Adelaide pub on racial grounds…

Young indigenous couple ‘refused entry to their local pub where they had considered getting married’ after being told ‘Aboriginal people brawled there the week before’… as the hotel denies it is racis 

Aboriginal couple Peter Miller Koncz and his wife Kahlia claim they were refused entry to an Adelaide pub because of their skin colour.

They went to the Palais Hotel in Semaphore, Adelaide, on Saturday night only to be turned away by security who told them the manager had said ‘not to let Aboriginals in tonight’, Mr Miller Koncz alleged.

Security told them there had been a large fight involving Aboriginal people at the venue a week before.

The father-of-three spoke to management but was met with a dismissive attitude, The Advertiser reported.

Aboriginal couple Peter Miller Koncz and his wife Kahlia claim they were refused entry to an Adelaide pub because of their skin colour

Aboriginal couple Peter Miller Koncz and his wife Kahlia claim they were refused entry to an Adelaide pub because of their skin colour

 The father-of-three Peter Miller Koncz and his wife claim they were refused entry to an Adelaide pub because of their skin colour

 The father-of-three Peter Miller Koncz and his wife claim they were refused entry to an Adelaide pub because of their skin colour

Peter Miller Koncz and his wife, Kahlia, were told they couldn't enter the Palais Hotel on Saturday because they were Aboriginal, he claimed

Peter Miller Koncz and his wife, Kahlia, were told they couldn’t enter the Palais Hotel on Saturday because they were Aboriginal, he claimed

‘My heart dropped and I was in shock after we left. My wife and kids often go there to have lunch and we were even considering having our wedding there a few years ago, that’s how much we go to the place,’ Mr Miller Koncz told the publication.

‘A precedent has been set concerning this kind of behaviour with equal opportunities taken against a hotel in Ceduna and I would be recommending the hotel association conduct cultural awareness training for all staff and security so this kind of behaviour doesn’t happen in the future. We can’t be treated as second-class citizens in our own country.’

Peter Miller Koncz said 'My wife and kids often go there to have lunch and we were even considering having our wedding there a few years ago, that's how much we go to the place'

Peter Miller Koncz said ‘My wife and kids often go there to have lunch and we were even considering having our wedding there a few years ago, that’s how much we go to the place’

'My heart dropped and I was in shock after we left,' the father said

‘My heart dropped and I was in shock after we left,’ the father said.

He posted on the hotel’s Facebook page regarding his disappointment with the racism on display, however, the post was later deleted.

The owner of the Palais, Steve Karpluk, denied there was any directive from management to deny people entry based on their race.

He also completely rejected any claims of racism.

‘We are looking into these allegations and we can assure you we take them very seriously,’ Mr Karpluk said in a statement.

‘We would like to state that as a business and family-owned hotel we categorically deny any allegations of racism and there has never been or will there be a directive from management to refuse any patron entry due to race.’

But Mr Miller Koncz said his family wouldn’t be going back to a venue they frequently visited – and had even once considered getting married at.

We can’t be treated as second-class citizens in our own country.
Peter Miller Koncz

Taylor Power-Smith, also said she’d been denied entry, except the night before on Friday, The Advertiser reported.

Although she was told there were 60 people inside and the bar would close shortly, she was also given the line about the fight involving Aboriginals.

She said she felt guilty and unfairly judged for something she hadn’t done.

Ms Power-Smith had complained to the venue and intended to report the incident to the Equal Opportunity Commissioner.

Mr Miller Koncz had been advised to do the same.

The Palais Hotel in Semaphore, Adelaide, where the alleged incident took place

The Palais Hotel in Semaphore, Adelaide, where the alleged incident took place

Aboriginal couple Peter Miller Koncz and his wife Kahlia claim they were refused entry to an Adelaide pub because of their skin colour

Aboriginal couple Peter Miller Koncz and his wife Kahlia claim they were refused entry to an Adelaide pub because of their skin colour

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4001282/Adelaide-Aboriginal-family-outraged-refused-entry-Palais-Hotel-skin-colour.html#ixzz4SNX6TAas
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