Monthly Archives: December 2006

Ex-Judge quits

Retired justice Pat Shanahan (mentioned in previous Death in custody update) who was apponted by the Beattie government to review the DPP decision on whether to prosecute Chris Hurley for the death of Mulrunji – and one of three people who apponted the present DPP has resigned from Beatties review of the DPP’s decision

From the ABC
Palm Island reviewer quits

Indigenous affairs has been in crisis management and policy free-fall since the Goss government
This present crisis is not being dealt with by “due process” at all but by Beatties now familiar crisis management style that has seen him bounce from political pressure point to pressure point with no plan or no objectives except getting to the other side of the crisis

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Death in custody update

From “The Australian”

“THE former judge chosen by the Beattie Government to review a decision by the state’s top prosecutor not to lay charges in the Palm Island death-in-custody case has become embroiled in a conflict-of-interest dispute after it emerged he voted to appoint Leanne Clare as Director of Public Prosecutions.”

Full story – Ex-judge in Palm death case review helped pick DPP

This lack of transparency accountability and independence is not limited to this particular case
The earlier Paradigm Oz post “Give the Man a Life” is another example of the perpetrator investigating itself with no independent checks and balances

The Queensland Coroner’s court is another example of lack of accountability – no matter what it’s findings on any matter there is no obligation on the state the courts or private companies to pay any heed whatsoever to the findings

And then there is the tired old issue of an upper house in Parliament – Queensland is the only state in Australia that does not have a house of review

From the lowliest bureacrat to the Qld cabinet there are no checks and balances to contain government bias or corruption or negligence and we citizens have no right to challenge what happens

The scandal around the Bundaberg hospital only saw the light of day when hospital staff gave up sending their concerns “up the right channels” and politicised the issues beyond these official chanells

In Queensland – justice is something that must be forced by extra-parliamentary and extra-bureacracy political action
Natural justice has nothing to do with the Qld Government’s “due process”

No Queenslander can assume justice or human rights is a given of citizenship

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Andrew Bartlett’s report of his visit to Palm Island

Link here to Andrew Bartlett’s blog
There must be justice before there can be reconciliation

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The birthday of our lord Jesus Christ

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Just because we cant get to Palm Island straight away doesn’t mean I cant start this little blogazine up anyway
I’ll keep you updated about our Journey along the way
So I thought I’d write a christmas message – being that time of the year

What is Christmas?
Jesus was born in March or April
But anyway
Christmas is supposed to be about Jesus
Who is was Jesus?
Jesus was a tribal Aborigine of Palestine
He was born in Bethlehem – A sacred site to his tribal roots back to King David
Jesus resisted the occupation of his sacred territories by Rome – the same Rome that would later claim his name as the state religion to conquer other territories well beyond Palestine or Rome Continue reading

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Get real about Aboriginal deaths in custody

Regarding the review of the DPP decision whether to prosecute the policeman who – according to the coroner – killed Mulrunji in the Palm Island watch house

Commentators will continue the debate about the role of the DPP but the real historical fact is if justice is not done or seen to be done – not just for this one incident of a death in custody – but all of them then there is every chance that someone somewhere will take the law into their own hands and take an eye for an eye – and there has been 3 deaths involved in this one incident as both Mulrunji’s mother and son died of broken hearts because there was and still is no justice or resloution Continue reading

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