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Misery of Australia’s indigenous people

January 27th, 2009 No comments

Published The Irish Times, January 27, 2009
BOOK OF THE DAY: ANGELA LONG reviews The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island By Chloe Hooper
Jonathan Cape 258pp, £16.99
HE WAS a tall man – two metres – but Snr Sgt Chris Hurley was strong and bulky too, “a big bugger” in the laconic language of his home in Queensland, the Australian state which mixes perpetual beach holiday with a dash of fascism.
If a man like that falls on you, you know about it. But did Hurley fall on Cameron Doomadgee and accidentally cause his death, one of hundreds of indigenous fatalities in police custody?
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