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Queensland’s Native Police: did they commit genocide?

September 26th, 2016

Episode 417 of 431 episodes

Australian history is replete with instances of frontier violence. But the establishment and operation of the Native Police, which was responsible for the brutal killing of thousands of indigenous men, women and children, is a particularly chilling example of this.Some believe they committed genocide. 2016 marks the 150h anniversary of the gazettal of regulations, in Queensland, that imposed a "duty" on armed Native Police officers to “disperse" any "large assembly of blacks without unnecessary violence”. Paul Barclay speaks to a historian, a legal academic and an indigenous activist about this shameful chapter in the nation's past. What can be done to right the wrongs of history