Pres­sure and process

Townsville Bulletin - - Letters -

LEANNE Clare’s de­ci­sion late yes­ter­day not to call for an in­de­pen­dent re­view into her find­ings in the Doomadgee death in cus­tody case was prob­a­bly ex­pected yet still heart­break­ing for the peo­ple of Palm Is­land and the fam­ily of Mul­runji. Just as Pre­mier Beat­tie’s an­nounce­ment that from now on all in­dige­nous deaths in cus­tody would be treated as sus­pi­cious un­der­whelmed many in the com­mu­nity, Ms Clare’s an­nounce­ment that no fur­ther ac­tion would be taken on the case proved a dis­ap­point­ing coun­ter­point for in­dige­nous Aus­tralians to the great op­ti­mism pro­vided by Wed­nes­day’s day of na­tional ac­tion. The chal­lenge, now that all le­gal av­enues seem to have been ex­hausted, is not to fall into the old trap of vi­o­lent re­ac­tion. As many on Palm have learned to their detri­ment, it solves noth­ing and pro­vides only a tem­po­rary so­lu­tion to the de­spair gen­er­ated by what many see as the sys­tem’s fail­ure to act on their be­half. Far bet­ter to keep up the pres­sure legally, de­ter­mine to be part of the process which finds so­lu­tions for the myr­iad prob­lems which be­set in­dige­nous Aus­tralia and hon­our the me­mory of all those who have died in cus­tody by con­tin­u­ing the hard work of find­ing a bet­ter fu­ture.

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