New book on Palm Island’s history

The latest inquest into the death of Mulrunji Doomadgee in police custody on Palm Island – now well over five years ago – has concluded.  Once again Mulrunji’s family and the wider community will wait for findings to be published – just as they still await the publication of the report by the Crime and […]

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Palm Island Inquest Resumes (again)

It is well over five years since Mulrunji Doomagee died in police custody on Palm Island, his ribs broken and his liver nearly sliced in two.  Previous coronial inquests and trials have wound a tortuous path, with various assertions about the cause of death ranging from the consequences of a “complicated fall” to suggestions Mulrunji’s […]

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Palm Island death – 4 years on

November 19 marks four years since the notorious wrongful arrest and death in police custody of Mulrunji Doomadgee on Palm Island. Many Aboriginal men have been arrested, charged, exiled from their homes and jailed in the four years since.  Meanwhile, investigations into allegations regarding actions and investigations by police have yet to be completed and […]

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Back on Palm Island

I’ve been in Townsville and Cairns this week, helping to publicise the local services featured in the Success Stories in Indigenous Health put out by ANTaR, which I wrote about in this post, as well as held some meetings with a range of people about housing and Indigenous issues. I also visited Palm Island for […]

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Citizenship on Invasion Day

I had a hectic mix of activities on Australia Day, participating in 3 separate citizenship ceremonies, plus dropping in on part of the Invasion Day rally and march outside state Parliament House and also attending some of the later festivities to mark the day at the Jagera centre near Musgrave Park in South Brisbane. The […]

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Palm Island inquiry mess gets worse

Unfortunately, Christmas has done nothing to improve the shambles surrounding the way our justice system has dealt with the death in custody in Palm Island. This situation is about justice being seen to be done and people feeling they are getting a fair go, but the application of one short-term fix piled on top of […]

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No charges over Palm Island death

The news that the Queensland Director of Public Prosecutions has decided not to lay charges against the police sergeant involved in the death of an Aboriginal man on Palm Island two years ago will seriously damage any faith Indigenous people have in the justice system. It is not for me to dispute the reasoning behind […]

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Palm Island & Justice

The police officer found by a Coroner to be responsible for the death of a man on Palm Island has finally been suspended from duty on full pay. It is hard to understand why this decision wasn’t made straight away. There will be a rally to protest this issue in Brisbane this coming Tuesday at […]

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Palm Island

Three weeks ago I spent most of the week travelling around far northern Queensland. It started with a flight to Townsville to talk with a group of people about the Senate Inquiry I initiated into the Stolen Wages issue. I also took the chance to go over to Palm Island again to give some of […]

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Put our First Peoples First

Tonight in Brisbane I am launching a campaign aimed at making Indigenous issues a much greater priority in political and public debate. A key part of the campaign is to try to ensure the voices of Indigenous Australians are heard much more frequently and prominently in those debates, so the public forum accompanying the campaign […]

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