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PM considers Palm Island royal commission

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 28 February 2005

The Prime Minister's office has confirmed that John Howard is seeking advice on a request for a federal royal commission into a death in custody on Palm Island in north Queensland.

A coronial inquest into the death of Mulrunji Doomadgee last November started on the island today.

However, more than 200 of the island's residents have already signed a petition calling for a royal commission.

Opposition Indigenous affairs spokesman Senator Kim Carr says people on the island have raised a number of issues, which warrant further investigation.

"These are matters that do require very serious attention and it may well be that further action is warranted," he said.

"But I think it's appropriate to wait for the inquest to conclude and for the coroner to give his final report."

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