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Palm Island, Death in Custody

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Sam Watson
106 Norton Street

Total Signatures - 119

Sponsoring Member: Mandy Johnstone MP

Posting Date: 23/04/2009

Tabled Date: 23/04/2009

Responded By: Hon Cameron Dick MP on 3/09/2009

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
The petition of the citizens of Queensland draws to the attention of the House the conviction of Lex Patrick Wotton on charges relating to the Palm Island riot on the 26th day of November, 2004. The petitioners believe that Lex Patrick Wotton is innocent and that he should not have been charged with the offences that he has now been convicted of. Your petitioners therefore request the House to provide immediate public funding for Lex Patrick Wotton to enable him to lodge an appeal of this verdict. Your petitioners further request that the House implement an immediate Royal Commission into the Death In Custody of Mulrunjie Doomadgee in the Palm Island watch-house on the 19th of November, 2004 and all matters of interest that led to his death and the subsequent events. Your petitioners further request that all Aboriginal people who were convicted of offences relating to the Palm Island riot, should be immediately pardoned for those offences.