Indigenous Musician Emma Donovan to File Complaint After Taxi Service Refuses Ride Due to Skin Color

An award-winning Indigenous musician, Emma Donovan, is set to lodge a complaint with the taxi industry regulator after she was allegedly refused service by two cabs at Perth Airport. Donovan claims that the refusal was based on the color of her skin, sparking outrage and demands for an apology.

Donovan, a Naaguja, Yamatji, and Gumbaynggirr woman, recounts the incident where she was denied a ride to Victoria Park after arriving from a tour promoting her new album. She expressed feeling ignored and singled out due to her skin color, a sentiment that left her in tears.

Despite Perth Airport offering assistance in filing a complaint with the regulator, the Department of Transport, the incident sheds light on the ongoing issue of racism and discrimination faced by Indigenous Australians. Donovan’s experience highlights the need for accountability and respect within the taxi industry.

As Donovan seeks justice and raises her voice against racial discrimination, her story serves as a reminder of the challenges Indigenous individuals continue to face in everyday situations. The support from Perth Airport and the Department of Transport signifies a step towards addressing such incidents and promoting inclusivity in public services.