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QLD Premier: drop the appeal protecting cops who breached the Racial Discrimination Act

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This is harmful and disgusting. The QLD government is about to go to court to defend racism – supporting cops who "breached the Racial Discrimination Act".

The Federal Court found the police officers were "unlawfully discriminatory" following the death in custody of an Aboriginal man on Palm Island. They targeted the Aboriginal community with a 'disproportionate, show of force' for protesting the death.

But instead of protecting the rights and lives of Aboriginal people – now Premier Palaszuck is considering lodging an appeal to defend the racism of these police officers.

My father was a stolen generation sent to Palm Island. I’ve been advocating against the injustice of this death in custody for 10 years, and remember the day clearly. A local man had just died in custody, and our community felt let down, ignored and targeted that yet another aboriginal person could die in the custody of police. We protested. We wanted our voices heard, our lives to be valued. But the police responded with discrimination and violence.

Now, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and her government will decide whether to appeal the Federal Court ruling against the racist actions of these police officers.

Please, sign my petition to tell the QLD government not to defend racism – and support our Aboriginal community.

We’re desperate to put this behind us and move on, not to be back where we started.



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