By Ethan Blue - delivered at John Pat Memorial Day, 28 September 2015
Maureen Mandijarra died in police cells in 2012, but the police report was not received by the coroner until almost two years later, holding up the inquiry.
Indigenous adults are increasingly over-represented in Australia's prison system. While the problem affects the whole nation, Western Australia and the Northern Territory have the highest rates of Indigenous prisoners.
A SECOND witness from the Pilbara watch-house where 22-year-old Aboriginal woman Julieka Dhu was locked up for unpaid fines has supported claims she was in pain and begging for help from police in the days before she died.
Article written by Tammy Solonec is a Nigena woman and lawyer from the Derby Region. She works a an Amnesty International's Indigenous Rights Manager and has lived in Perth for the last 20 years.