19 years on — still no justice for TJ Hickey

February 14, 2023

Rain or shine, Aunty Gail Hickey, her family and supporters have been marching through Redfern on this day every year to demand justice for TJ.

Nineteen years ago, 17-year-old Kamilaroi youth TJ Hickey died after being impaled on a fence while being pursued on his bicycle by two New South Wales Police vehicles.

"You can't imagine this brave mother's pain," said Gumbaynggirr Dunghutti Bundjalung woman Lizzie Jarrett, in a tribute to TJ's mother.

Despite an inquest and a 12,000-signature petition calling for an inquiry that was ignored by the NSW Parliament, the Hickey family continues to fight for justice.

"Not one police officer has been brought to account and that is an unacceptable reality," Greens MP Jenny Leong told the march.

According to the Indigenous Social Justice Association, which organised the march, while there is a memorial plaque for TJ in front of the fence where he was impaled, the public housing towers in Waterloo are planned to be demolished and replaced by private housing.

The Hickey family is calling for the memorial plaque to be safely placed in the Redfern Community Centre and the centre renamed after TJ. This would require approval by the Sydney City Council.

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