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$100 for a cask of wine? Communities welcome grog ban review

$100 for a cask of wine? Communities welcome grog ban review

A bottle of rum from the black market in Palm Island -- where alcohol restrictions are in place -- could set you back $150. Residents of Queensland's "dry" Aboriginal communities welcome a review.

‘Draconian’ parole conditions may contravene constitution

‘Draconian’ parole conditions may contravene constitution

A High Court case will challenge parole conditions for Australian prisoners, arguing that certain strict conditions place an unreasonable limit on human rights and contravene the constitution.

Phones are down, but ‘all is well on Palm’, says Premier Bligh

Phones are down, but ‘all is well on Palm’, says Premier Bligh

"All is well on Palm," said Premier Anna Bligh at a recent press conference, referring to concerns over residents of Palm Island after cyclone Yasi. "Well" means property damage, roofs off, power shortages and phones down, but also, thankfully no reported deaths or serious injuries.

The aftermath of Yasi

The aftermath of Yasi

The full impact of cyclone Yasi will be revealed this morning, as north Queensland wakes up to examine the aftermath of a category five cyclone. Initial reports indicate damage isn't as bad as originally feared, but thousands have been left homeless.

Palm Island ex-mayor: ‘QLD has abandoned us’

Palm Island ex-mayor: ‘QLD has abandoned us’

Palm Island residents are fearing for the worst from cyclone Yasi. Crikey spoke to former Palm Island mayor Robert Blackley who said: "People are woefully unprepared. The state of Queensland has abandoned us."

Holding their breath for Palm justice

Holding their breath for Palm justice

This latest inquest into the death of Mulrunji Doomadgee is being watched by Indigenous people around the nation for one simple reason: it represents the best chance yet for justice over an Aboriginal death in custody.

The secret evidence of the death on Palm Island

The secret evidence of the death on Palm Island

Explosive evidence is being suppressed about the 2004 death of a man in custody on Palm Island. The only thing that Jeff Waters can legally say is that the policeman involved had a history of violence against indigenous people.

Bartlett: Five years later, Palm Island is still waiting

Bartlett: Five years later, Palm Island is still waiting

One of the most telling aspects of the terrible injustices involved in the death in police custody of Palm Island man Mulrunji Doomagee is that, five years on, there has been no public investigation and report, writes Andrew Bartlett.

Palm Island inquest reopens

Palm Island inquest reopens

With a new look at the death of Mulrunji Doomadgee, the stage is set for yet another gut-wrenching chapter in a tragedy that has churned on for almost five years.

Doomadgee inquest to be reopened

Doomadgee inquest to be reopened

The coronial inquest into the death in police custody of Palm Island's Mulrunji Doomadgee will be reopened, with a new coroner appointed to review the evidence.