Daily Archives: June 28, 2010

DPP at it again – no charges on death in custody

This decision is as outrageous as the cowardly decision taken by the queensland dpp in the mulrunji doomadgee death on palm island in 2004. to protect then s/s chris hurley from facing charges the qld. dpp overturned the recommendations of a/state coroner, christine clements, bravely found ( some would say foolishly found) that hurley definitely had a legal case to answer.

The outrage of the family, the palm island community, other aboriginal and torres strait islander communities and all right-thinking peoples forced the dpp attempt to save hurley from prosecution to be overturned band hurley faced trial.

As we all know an all-white townsville jury exonerated him of any blame in the death of doomadgee.

Our esteemed elder, mr ward, was the victim of ignorance and racism by the white custodial system. upon his arrest he came before a new justice of the peace who should have bailed to appear in court, instead he accepted the police recommendation that he be transported 600 kilometres from laverton to Kalgoorlie to face court there.

In 42 degree celsius summer heat this was done. the transport van had no workable air-conditioning for the back of the van and it is stated that the temperature in the van exceeded 50 degrees celsius. mr ward was literally ‘cooked’ to death!

To be forced to wait some 2 1/2 years and then to be ‘kicked in the guts’ by the system that is supposed to seek justice for all is in itself a travesty of justice for mr ward’s family.

The g4s personnel who escorted mr ward on that day acted with absolute callous indifference as to whether he lived or died on that trip. their duty of care to mr ward was non-existent.

Nina stockoe and graham powell are as responsible for the death of mr ward as then s/s hurley is responsible for the death of mulrunji doomadgee.

Our collective voices, raised in righteous anger, must overturn the decision of the wa dpp, joe mcgrath, to ignore the recommendations of the wa state coroner, alistair hope, who rightly found that slockoe and powell did have a case to answer. both must face some level of manslaughter charges. at least.

Also g4s and the wa department of corrective services must also face intensive questioning on their role and responsibilities for the death of mr ward.

It is very telling that the coroner, whilst recommending legal action be taken in his scathing report, also advised the family not to get their hopes up that justice would indeed prevail. merely another sickening example of the racist (non) justice system in action.

Black deaths count for nothing!

Blood money, conscience money, wash-your-hands money is not enough. they have the money, we have the sorry-business.

We want justice! nothing more, nothing less. deaths in custody will not stop until someone is found to be fully responsible for that death. hurley snaked out with the great assistance of his corrupt legal system. slockoe and powell must have their day in court facing the family of mr ward and explain their criminal actions

WA contacts are given below to put your protests to the dpp decision. it must be over-turned.


Outrage over no charges being laid! “This is institutionalised racism at its worse!!” – DICWC

Dear Friends & Supporters;

The Western Australian Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) flew to Warburton over the weekend and advised the family that no criminal charges will be laid in relation to the death in custody of Mr Ward due to a so-called ‘lack of evidence’.

The Deaths In Custody Watch Committee (WA) Inc calls on people across the country to express their outrage to the WA Premier, Hon Colin Barnett MLA, the WA Attorney General and Minister for Corrective Services Hon Christian Porter MLA and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions as a matter of urgency.

It is outrageous that a significant Aboriginal Elder and Leader can be killed at the hands of the State and its contractor G4S under the most horrendous circumstances and yet no one is held criminally culpable.

This is institutionalised racism at its worst!

There will be widespread community outrage across the nation if those responsible are not held to account. The Deaths In Custody Watch Committee (WA) Inc will be calling an urgent demonstration of community outrage at the decision.

Express your outrage…contact;


Honourable Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Premier; Minister for State Development

Address: 24th Floor, Governor Stirling Tower, 197 St Georges Terrace PERTH WA 6000

Telephone: 9222 9888

Fax: 9322 1213

E-Mail: wa-government

Web: http://www.premier.wa.gov.au/Ministers/Colin-Barnett/Pages/Contact-The-M…


Honourable Christian Porter MLA

Attorney General & Minister for Corrective Services

Telephone: (08) 9316 0666

Fax (08) 9316 0300

Email christian.porter

Web: http://www.christianporter.com.au/

Postal: Locked Bag 2000, BOORAGOON WA 6954

Office: Suite 12 Riseley Corporate Centre (above the ANZ bank), 135 Riseley Street, BOORAGOON WA 6154.


Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Level 1, “International House”
26 St Georges Terrace

Telephone: (08) 9425 3999
Freecall for country callers: 1800 264 144
Facsimile: (08) 9425 3600

E-mail: dpp

Web: http://www.dpp.wa.gov.au/frames.asp?pageId=u3458965&content=/content/con…



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ray jackson
indigenous social justice association

Film this Saturday: The FARC Speaks

As Venezuela’s neighbour it is important for those interested in solidarity with Venezuela to understand what is happening in Colombia as well. The struggle in Colombia cannot be separated from other struggles in Latin America. This film lets the FARC speak for themselves.

Hope to see many of you there,


Direct Action Cinema:

Into the Jungles of Columbia: The FARC speaks

In this film from the jungles of Columbia the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC) an armed insurgent group, speak about fighting for social change and social justice in Columbia. The US Treasury Department has put them on the list of terrorist organisations. The FARC reject that label and expose Columbia’s history of US-backed injustice.

Saturday July 3, 7pm
(cheap meal available at 6:30pm)
Direct Action Centre, 8 Gillingham St
Woolloongabba (next to Buranda railway station)


Message to GetUp – Respect Aboriginal Rights

[Aboriginal News]
I have just sent the following message to GetUp through the online contact email at http://www.getup.org.au:

“I have a deep objection to one of the Forestry principles in your current campaign. Your proposal to ‘establishing ‘protected areas’ for all of our high conservation value native forests’ is another coloniser proposal to deny Aboriginal land rights. The High Court found that Aboriginal people held and continue to hold title to the land. When is white Australian going to work out what that means? No new title over lands without the approval of the Aboriginal people! Stop giving the land over to white Australia! – Les Malezer”

Like many people I am a conservationist at heart. As an Aboriginal person I belong to the greatest conservation civilisation the world has ever seen. I will stand up next to any naturalist, environmentalist, conservationist in the world.

However I am strongly opposed to self-centred attitude of a colonising society which decides what is conserved and what is consumed in another peoples’ land, ultimately in alien interests. Aboriginal people not only have a say in what happens to this land, we are the people of the land and we must be respected by the people who are the colonisers and consumers of this land and its resources.

I have strongly supported GetUp political campaigns, but this time they have gotten ahead of themselves. I suggest that they change the second principle to remove ‘ALL’, and add a new third principle acknowledging and respecting the rights of the Aboriginal people, the people of the land, and the inherent custodians of ‘mother earth’.

Universal human rights principles state that the Aboriginal peoples lands and resources, including ‘Forests’ should be hander back to the Aboriginal people and that Aboriginal people have the right to development in their own territory. To protect natural forests, Australia must come to terms with the property and development rights of Aboriginal people, including bearing the burden of financing Aboriginal development away from those same forests.