Monday, August 15, 2005


AUSTRALIA: NSW: The Indigenous Social Justice Association Inc has organised a Rally and March on Wednesday 17th August 2005 on behalf of Gail Hickey, her Family and supporters.

We will rally at the Block, Redfern, at 11:30 am and then march to the Glebe State Coroners Court before returning to the Block for a community BBQ.

On the 17th August 2004 the NSW State Coroner, John Abernethy, handed down his Finding arising from the T.J. Hickey's Death in Custody Inquest.

The Finding was fatally flawed as it was based on the acceptance of a corrupt NSW Police Brief of investigation.

The Inquest itself was also flawed as legitimate evidence and witnesses were blocked by the legal team purportedly representing the Hickey Family and by the Counsel assisting the Coroner. The Coroner had also set strict parameters for what could be discussed in open Court.

This and related concerns have been subject to a complaint to the NSW Judicial Commission for their consideration. We have submitted that they should find fault with the original Inquest process and to recommend that a new Inquest be held or that the original Inquest be re-opened.

We have also asked the new NSW Premier Morris Iemma and his new Aboriginal Affairs Minister, Milton Orkopoulos, to meet with ISJA and the Hickey Family to discuss our concerns with the original Inquest. With the moving on of Bob Carr we expect that any intransigence such as that shown by him will no longer be present.

The NSW State Coroner must be advised that the Inquest is to be reopened or a new inquest be held in the interests of justice in order to allow True Justice to finally occur.

We strongly believe that (now Senior) Constable Michael Hollingsworth had far greater involvement in the tragic death of TJ and he must now take the stand and give his evidence despite the comments of the State Coroner that he cannot be trusted to tell the true facts of his part in the tragedy of that day.

Justice for the Hickey Family - Re-open the Inquest.

By ISJA 15 August 05

For further comment contact Ray Jackson, President, ISJA:

Ll: (02) 9318 0947
Mb: 0415 858 264


This is for all the children, now, and those to be............

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