Sunday, November 28, 2004

Palm Island

On the eve of 150 year anniversary of the Eureka stockade, Palm Island has tried to re-create some of the chaos and burning of that famous event. A little reminiscent of the LA riots (in a sense "blacks" vs police brutality), it once again seemed to start from an unfortunate death relating to a clash with police. In North Queensland, we have been taking deaths in custody extremely seriously, so it is even more disappointing. I do believe that police are behaving professionally in very difficult situations; However, here again, statistics have been indicating for a long time, a lingering problem with incarceration of aboriginals, which remains a comparitively very high link to suicide compared with everybody else.

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