A Death in Custody on Palm Island | Queer People with Disability at Sydney Mardi Gras

Monday, 6 March 2023 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
The cover for Jeff Waters' book. Cover image is a photograph of a small empty jetty over the water with a silhouette of a palm tree with a cloudy sky. Text reads Gone for a Song, A Death in Custody on Palm Island, Jeff Waters.

*Content Warning: This episode of Doin' Time may contains audio images and descriptions of Aboriginal and Torres-Strait Islander people who have died, and graphic discussion of Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, and police brutality.

 First up on the program this week, Marisa interviews journalist and author Jeff Waters, about his 2008 book, Gone for a Song: A Death in Custody on Palm Island. He gives a background of the 2004 Palm Island Death in Custody of Mulrunji (the focus of this book) and issues with the police investigation and coroner's report in this case, as well as a history of First Nations rights in QLD, and what led him to write on this series of events.

 Then, Marisa speaks with Dr David Abello from People With Disability Australia who gives a report back on the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG) parade on Saturday 25 February as part of Sydney's World Pride 2023. He also discusses the history of the violation of human rights and police harrassment which has been long associated with the queer community, the strong intersection between disability and queer communities, and more.