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Carr unmoved by Hickey inquiry petition

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 15 February 2005

New South Wales Premier Bob Carr has pre-empted a petition calling for the re-opening of a coronial inquiry into the death of Aboriginal teenager Thomas 'TJ' Hickey.

TJ Hickey died a year ago in the Sydney suburb of Redfern after he was impaled on a fence when he lost control of his bike.

A memorial service has been held for the teenager in the north-western New South Wales town of Walgett, where he is buried.

On the weekend, hundreds of people gathered in Redfern to mark the first anniversary.

News of his death sparked a nine-hour riot in Redfern, during which police were pelted with bricks, fireworks and petrol bombs.

Mr Carr, who has already ruled out a re-opening of the inquiry, says while he understands the family's grief, a petition due to be handed to the State Government today will not change his mind.

"We've had a coronial inquiry, it took 600 pages of evidence, there are no grounds for re-opening it," he said.

Mr Carr praised the Aboriginal leadership involved in the weekend's commemoration, saying great restraint had been shown.

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