Monday 16th of December 2019

mixed messages .....

from the Bartlett Diaries …..

‘The news that the Queensland Director of Public Prosecutions has decided not to lay charges against the police sergeant involved in the death of an Aboriginal man on Palm Island two years ago will seriously damage any faith Indigenous people have in the justice system.

It is not for me to dispute the reasoning behind the DPP’s decision, but you don’t need to be Einstein to know that the failure to charge a police officer found by a Coroner to have caused the death of an Aboriginal man will look very much like white man’s justice.

Just last week, an appeal Court decided to extend the jail sentences of Aboriginal men involved in the riots after the death in custody, in part because the Judges decided “there was a need for a message to be sent to deter similar behaviour.”

No Charges Over Palm Island Death

on-line petition - mulrinji .....

I have just read and signed the following online petition:

"Petition regarding the refusal to lay charges relating to the death of Mulrinji " hosted on the web by, the free online petition service, at:

This is an effective contribution to the petition for justice in relation to this incident.  A successful petition is a grassroots collaborative effort, and now it's your turn the power of the Internet is in your hands – so spread the word!

I personally agree with what this petition says, and I think you might agree, too.  If you can spare a moment, please take a look, and consider signing yourself. 

Best wishes,


Leanne Miller

Executive Director

Koorie Women Mean Business Inc

Level 1 388 Bourke Street

Melbourne Vic 3000

Telephone: 039670 3460

Fax: 0396703460