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Palm Island
Author: Joanne Watson

ISBN: 9780855757038
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 1 March 2010
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.2 x 1.5
Description:
In November 2004, Mulrunji Doomadgee's tragic death triggered civil unrest within the Indigenous community of Palm Island. This led to the first prosecution of a Queensland police officer in relation to a death in custody. Despite prolonged media attention, much of it negative and full of stereotypes, few Australians know the turbulent history of 'Australia's Alcatraz', a political prison set up to exile Queensland's 'troublesome blacks'. Joanne Watson gives the first substantial history of the island from pre contact to the present, set against a background of some of the most explosive episodes in Queensland history. Palm Island, often heart wrenching and at times uplifting, is a study in the dynamics of power and privilege, and how it is resisted.

About the Author

Joanne Watson is a writer and a teacher in the fields of Australian social history, workplace relations, cultural studies, and social health. She has more than 30 years of experience working with Indigenous people. She currently works at the Metropolitan South Institute of Technical and Further Education.

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