There was a call made at parliament house protest to organise a large rally at Queen’s Park on the 20th anniversary of the Royal Commission findings into black deaths in custody. Hardly any of these recommendations have been adopted and still someone dies in custody on a regular basis.
Friday 15 April · 11:00 – 14:00
A wide range of people including QUT students turned up and listened to Brisbane Murris oppose the decision that allows the 6 police who lied and covered-up the murder of Mulrunji Doomadgee by Senior Sgt Hurley on 19 Nov 2004 on Palm Island. Deputy Police Commissioner Kathy Rynders has refused to charge any of the police involved in the cover-up on Palm Island. As the morning went on more and more people came to listen to these calls for justice. Meanwhile inside the parliament was a bun fight about the new leader of the Liberal national party, Campbell-Newman. It was a comic session with both sides of parliament trading abuse about who should hold power. ‘Bring it (the election) on, bring it on were the puerile shouts from the opposition in the chamber.
People outside the parliament vowed not to give up the fight for justice.
Speakers included Timothy Cummins (Bgwcolman), John Leemans (Gurindji strike leader, NT), Sam Watson (Birri-Gubba), Coco Wharton (Cooma), Connie Andrews (Mapoon), Aunty Alex Gator (Cherbourg), Burrugubba (Babinburra Clan of the Wangan people), and others.
Timothy Cummins said that there was no riot on Palm Island.
This is a fiction invented by police, media, politicians and now the literary scene and filmmakers. What happened on Palm was resistance. Resistance against murder, lies and cover-ups.
He challenged the accounts made in two books. They are white man’s views and asked ‘what about our views?’
He cast blame on the government saying that he was sick of coming here and standing at the gate but no-one comes out and no justice is done.
Tim criticised the books produced after the murder of Mulrunji – ‘The Tall Man’ and ‘Gone for a Song’. Here is the message of the protest:
WE NEED TO STAND TOGETHER AS ONE PEOPLE!!
NO MORE BLACK DEATHS IN CUSTODY!!
NO MORE POLICE MURDERS!!
LET’S TAKE A STAND AGAINST THE INJUSTICES!!