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 Misconduct Commission (CMC) in the flaws in the Police investigation into the death.
The proceedings of coronial inquests would be obscure to most of us. Monique Bond, a former Queensland President of ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation) attended the latest hearings and has provided some valuable personal impressions of the proceedings, which you can read at this link.
This is another addition to the growing amount of material into this tragic incident. I’ve previously written about two valuable books – quite different in style and focus, but equally insightful – which are worth reading: Chloe Hooper’s “The Tall Man” and Jeff Waters’ “Gone for a Song”.
A new book has provide some further useful material, this time into the history of Palm Island from before colonisation to the present day. It puts the tragedy of Mulrunji’s death into a wider context of extensive historical injustice, disempowerment and disadvantage.
The book, “Palm Island: Through a Long Lens” is by Brisbane based author, Joanne Watson. I’ll be interviewing her around 8:15 tomorrow morning (Monday) on my weekly show on independent radio 4ZZZ-FM. Joanne is also speaking at the Avid Reader bookshop in West End this coming Thursday night.