A large Australian supermarket chain has come under fire for posting a job ad that asks “no Indians or Asians” apply.

The ad, published Sunday on an Australian classifieds site, listed openings for cleaners at a Coles supermarket in Hobart, Tasmania, an island state south of Australia’s mainland.

“Store requires no Indians or Asians please,” the posting reads, adding, “MUST SPEAK ENGLISH.”

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The retailer, which employs more than 100,000 people, said the ad was created by a subcontractor, and it has since been removed from the classifieds Web site, Gumtree.

“Coles is a proud, equal-opportunity employer and at no time have we ever issued the directives contained in this ad,” Coles spokesman Jim Cooper said in a written statement, widely cited by several news sources.

Tasmania's Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Robin Banks, told CNN that she’s investigating whether both Coles and Gumtree fulfilled their obligation to prevent discriminatory advertising.

Indian and mainland Chinese immigrants comprise about 3 percent of Australia’s population.

A series of violent assaults on Indians in 2009 and 2010 prompted protests across Australia and condemnation from the Indian government.

A 2010 study found that, when it comes to the likelihood of being unemployed, there are “significant unexplained differences” for male Asian immigrants in Australia that may be ascribed to discrimination against Asians.

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