Tag Archives: Palm Island

The Tall Man of Palm Island

A few weeks ago, a boxful of DVD’s that I’d ordered from Australia arrived and, in the evenings after work, we settled down to watch the televised adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas’s The Slap.  I’d enjoyed the book immensely; I thought its … Continue reading

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Revisiting Palm Island

It’s sometimes best not to (pre)judge a book by its title. I confess that when I first heard about the publication of Joanne Watson’s Palm Island: through a long lens (Aboriginal Studies Press, 2010), my first reaction was to wonder … Continue reading

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Palm Island Stories, 4 Years On

November 19 marked the fourth anniversary of the death in custody of Cameron “Mulrunji” Doomadgee (left) in the police watch house on Palm Island. Earlier in November, Lex Wotton (below, right) was finally sentenced to seven years in jail for his part in … Continue reading

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Shame

A three-part post today for Palm Island, including a YouTube video and a pair of book reviews, but first, a few words from our friends at Crikey!: The Black and White of a Palm Island Tragedy Monday, October 27, 2008 National … Continue reading

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Palm Island Decision

News from the Queensland Government: Friday, January 26, 2007 POLICE OFFICER TO FACE LEGAL ACTION IN RELATION TO PALM ISLAND DEATH Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Kerry Shine, today confirmed he had received Sir Laurence Street’s legal opinion in relation … Continue reading

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R.I.P.

A few months ago, reviewing Donald Thomson in Arnhem Land (Miegunyah Press, revised edition, 2003), I reproduced this quotation from Nicolas Peterson’s introduction: For many years, indeed into the 1960s, Aurukun was controlled with a rod of iron by a superintendent of … Continue reading

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White Law & Black Hearts

White LawTwo years after the death in custody of a Palm Island man, there seems to be no end of trouble in sight. On the morning of November 19, 2004 at around 10 o’clock, Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley and Aboriginal … Continue reading

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