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Palm Island: Through a Long Lens

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In November 2004, Mulrunji Doomadgee’s tragic death triggered civil unrest within the Indigenous community of Palm Island. This led to the first prosecution of a Queensland police officer in relation to a death in custody. Despite prolonged media attention, much of it negative and full of stereotypes, few Australians know the turbulent history of ‘Australia’s Alcatraz’, a ...more
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Sue
Oct 29, 2016 Sue rated it it was amazing
I suggest that everyone reads this if they wish to be better informed about an aspect of Australian history involving black and white relations. The 2004 death of Mulrunji Doomadgee at the hands of a police officer on Palm Island is given proper context.
Emma
Dec 20, 2011 Emma rated it it was amazing
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Brilliant but intense. Incredible research, written over 17 years. This is basically a genealogy of racialised punishment on Palm Island. It opens with Doomadgee's death and the riots, then returns to the establishment of Palm Island as a penal colony for Indigenous people, sent as punishment to Palm Island from different parts of North QLD, the book continues to trace the brutal regimes, forced separation, labour exploitation, medical abuse, police violence, arbitrary incarceration, state ...more
Beatrice
Mar 11, 2015 Beatrice rated it it was amazing
This book is a must for any person intrigued about Palm Island. In fact, everyone should read this book to gain a greater understanding of indigenous suffering in certain communities. For those with family ties to the island, this book will break your heart.

I have had many people tell me that they did not know anything about Palm Island and after reading this book they crave knowledge and understanding of all similar communities across Australia.

Well written, researched and developed - I highly
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