Tom Tate apologises for racist joke about Chinese people

Mayor Tom Tate has been forced to apologise for a racist joke made about Chinese people.

He had been attending a disaster management conference in Townsville on Monday before addressing the media.

The Mayor was discussing the type of help that could be provided to victims of natural disasters.


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“When the storm comes and goes away the devastation’s still there for people who, the small thing like helping them fill their insurance claim and having a peace that they can stay and feel that they’re not in a hurry to find another accommodation.

“We’re saying it’s fine here.

“Bring your pets with you too I don’t mind that.”

But the Mayor then stunned reporters with a poor attempt at a joke mocking Chinese.

“You’ve got to segregate you know, you cant, everyone’s not the same. You’ve got to give them comfort.

“You wouldn’t want to put a Chinese next to someone who’s got a cat, you know. She might be breakfast.”

Late this afternoon, the Mayor issued an apology.

“I apologise for my clumsy sense of humour,” he said in a statement.

“There was no intention to cause offence.”