Thursday, March 4, 2010
'The Tall Man' by Chloe Hooper
The book recounts the story of the death in custody of Cameron Domadagee on Palm Island (off the Queensland coast - nearest city Townsville) in 2004. The aftermath was a riot on the island which made the media in Australia. She visits Palm Island, spends time with his family and then follows the legal case against the policeman involved, Chris Hurley. Which is a long process - about three years.
If you've read 'Joe Cinque's Consolation' by Helen Garner it's in that type of genre.
I don't have any profound thoughts on this topic. It is just the sad and depressing reality of Australia. What confronted me most is that it is such a big mess but such a mess that is hidden to most of the Australian population (including myself). That's why it is important to read. We need to not allow the issue of our treatment of indigenous Australians to stay hidden. And to think everything's OK now because my children acknowledge the original owners of the land at the beginning of school assemblies. This book reminds you that it just isn't.