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Marshall Wallace, 48, suffers from terminal liver cancer and moved from a remote community in the Northern Territory to Mt Isa in Queensland to access chemotherapy.
He was arrested several times for driving unlicensed and received a 15-month jail term last week, despite his doctor providing a letter to the court saying he had a life expectancy of between six and nine months.
Wallace’s wife, Maxine, fears he will die in custody.
Wallace fell ill shortly after being taken into custody at the Townsville correctional centre and will be moved to the prison ward of the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, 1,800km away.
“We don’t know much about Brisbane, we don’t know much at all about city life … he will be on his own and no one will visit him, we’ve got no family in Brisbane,” Maxine Wallace said. “He has got a short life and he should be released and back to his loved ones, surrounded by his family.”
On Friday, Scullion, the federal Indigenous affairs minister, wrote to to the Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, to request that she read up on Wallace’s case and “consider any opportunities to support his parole application”.
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