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.
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.
"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 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 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."
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.
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.
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.
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.