A national Australian-Lebanese group has called on New South Wales Maritime to change a jet ski safety awareness campaign, which it says discriminates against ethnic communities and encourages racial profiling.
As part of its Multicultural Jet Ski Safety Awareness campaign, the department hired Lebanese comedian Rob Shehadie as its frontman for a series of posters and a YouTube video.
The slogan "Tell your cousins in the dozens, tuk it easy on the water", has offended the United Australian Lebanese Movement.
Secretary General Labib Abraham says the campaign could have been done in a more tasteful manner.
"We would have preferred it to target all jet skiers as opposed to a segment within Australian society," he said.
"It's quite disheartening. Responsible government seeks harmony within society - not divisions. We shouldn't be appealing to the lesser fraction of our morality."
Co-owner of online jet ski site 4-TecForum, Dominic Favaloro, says jet skiers are not impressed either.
It has always been said that Jet Skiís (Waverunner, Sea Doo, and Kawasaki) cause damage to the environment in many ways, causes erosion, unnecessary wash, damage to seagrass and sea life etc.
If you compare the impact a Jet Ski has on the environment compared to other water vessels, Jet Ski come out as having the least impact on the environment.
Standard boats with outboard motors have propellers protruding out of the hull and sit far below the hull of the boat deep in the water acting like a giant blender. This causes great damage to the marine life.
Jet Skis on the other hand have an intake grate that actually sucks up water from the bottom and disposes it out the back causing thrust. On the intake grate there is actually a grate to stop anything other than water from entering, protecting marine life and anatomies.