This catalogue of failures by the criminal justice system is well
known to Aboriginal people. They live it and confront it every day.
There could barely be an Aboriginal family in this country not touched by these tragedies, or let down by those charged to protect them.
It is a fact of life that tragedies happen, that people die, sometimes
children. But when it happens in Australia, to those most brutalised and
marginalised, our collective response is almost always found wanting.
It is either one of silence, or faux sympathy, and never with any real
effort to challenge and change a system that routinely delivers the