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Hot and stuffy TOWNSVILLE sprawls around a broad spit of land between the isolated hump of Castle Hill and swampy Ross Creek. Industrial in make-up, the town has a rough edge and an air of racial tension, a hangover of the riots that broke out on Palm Island in 2004 after an Aboriginal man died in police custody; reports of stabbings, predominantly by belligerent out-of-towners hanging around Flinders Mall after dark, now appear in the news on an almost weekly basis. Whilst most travellers skip town altogether and head straight out to the beaches of laid-back Magnetic Island, just offshore, the city does have its …
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