A rally at parliament and march to Qld government building at 1 William Street to protest the locking up of aboriginal kids took place on Wednesday 15 May 2019.
Tammy Solonec from Amnesty International spoke about how her organisation had analysed hundreds of documents obtained through multiple Right To Information applications in Queensland. This investigation helped ABC’s Four Corners episode, Inside the Watch House: Kids behind bars expose atrocious abuse of children inside Queensland watch houses. Labor has been in power almost uninterrupted for 30 years and little has been done. Where are former Ministers Anne Warner and government funded agencies like Women behind Bars and its executive, Debbie Kilroy? This abuse has led to trauma and suicide by young aboriginal people. Speakers at the rally detailed the failure of Aboriginal Legal Aid to defend their kids when not guilty of offences brought by police.
Watch houses are no place for kids to spend their childhoods. Kids deserve to be in a classroom, with their friends, family, and community.
On 15 May 2019, about 35 people marched from Speakers Corner at Parliament house to 1 William Street to seek an urgent meeting with the Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Di Farmer, to have the kids immediately released from the watch houses around Queensland.
Calls were made for the sacking of Di Farmer because of her lack of knowledge of her brief and insensitive remarks on 4 Corners Program where she said that the problem will be fixed ‘some time next year’.
Later representatives from Minister’s office spoke with Karen Fusi and Sonya Coghill about current situation of Murri kids being locked up in watch houses … the Minister’s representatives were informed that the government is spending money in the wrong places. Aid agencies like Murri Watch and Aboriginallegal Aid are not protecting kids properly. Further meeting of elders with government representatives is planned.
15 May 2019
- URGENT COMMUNITY NOTICE -
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL STATE MEMBER TODAY AND DEMAND THAT THE 95 CHILDREN BEING HELD IN STATE WATCH-HOUSES BE RELEASED BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY TODAY!!
CHILDREN BEING HELD IN WATCH-HOUSES BREACHES STATE, FEDERAL AND INTERNATIONAL LAWS.
RALLY AT THE STATE PARLIAMENT
11AM WEDNESDAY, 15 March 2019
MARCH ON 1 WILLIAM STREET
DEMAND TO SEE THE PREMIER AND HER MINISTER!!
THEY SYSTEM HAS FAILED OUR CHILDREN; BUT WE WILL NOT!!
Kids out of Watch Houses vigil Thursday 16 March 2019 6pm