Police violence discussed


On November 9, Nicole Watson, an academic from the Jumbunna Centre of the University of Technology, Sydney, condemned the culture of police violence against Indigenous people in Queensland. She was addressing a public meeting at James Cook University attended by 100 people.

Watson described the past and present role of the police in the dispossession, control and enforcement of the social inequality of Indigenous Australians. She said the state ALP government's proposals for action were inadequate, and that many recommendations made by the 1992 report by the Royal Commission into Black Deaths in Custody had not been implemented.