The death of Cameron Doomadgee at Palm Island in November 2004 was a terrible tragedy. Since then there have been judicial hearings, findings, inquires, reports. Much of that has been very polarised with widely differing views and for some there will never be a sense of satisfaction with this matter that justice has been done. I have always acknowledged the initial investigation into the death of Cameron Doomadgee could have been handled better. But the police service has learnt a great deal from that, we’ve changed the way we do things and in fact since that time the Ethical Standards Command of.
The Queensland Police Service has conducted some 50 investigations relating to deaths in custody. To my knowledge none of those investigations have been the subject of criticism by any of the Coroners or by the Crime and Misconduct Commission. The Queensland Police Service provided its report on that initial investigation into Cameroon Doomadgee’s death to the CMC in November 2008. Now some 20 months later in June 2010 the CMC have released a public report in relation to this matter. We are committed to having this matter resolved, but it’s important that that be done in.