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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister Assisting the Premier in Western Queensland
    The Honourable Kerry Shine

    DPP offers to provide Palm Island file - allowing the Attorney-General to commission independent review

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister Assisting the Premier in Western Queensland
    The Honourable Kerry Shine

    Friday, December 22, 2006

    DPP offers to provide Palm Island file - allowing the Attorney-General to commission independent review

    Attorney-General Kerry Shine has accepted the Director of Public Prosecution’s unexpected offer to provide him with the file on the Palm Island matter.

    The Attorney-General said the offer of the file was made by the DPP in a letter he received yesterday afternoon.

    "The Director of Public Prosecutions has offered me as Attorney–General access to the file.

    "This offer will allow me to seek an independent review of the material provided.

    "I met with Mrs Clare last night, after she had written to me offering the file on the Palm Island matter concerning Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley," Mr Shine said.

    "Once I have received the file I will refer it to the Crown Solicitor to commission an independent review of the material provided by the DPP, in the public interest."

    Mr Shine said Mrs Clare has also provided to him a summary of the file.

    "I have asked Mrs Clare to consider releasing, to the greatest extent possible, the contents of that summary in the public interest," Mr Shine said.

    "I believe the information should be provided to the family of Mulrunji Doomadgee during a second meeting with the DPP, which Mrs Clare has agreed to.

    "This matter and the decision of the DPP not to prosecute Senior Sergeant Hurley have been subject to a great deal of public debate.

    "The Premier and I have consistently and publicly supported the independence and integrity of the DPP.

    "The DPP’s offer to provide the file offers an opportunity for an independent review of the matter but I would urge everyone to let the process run its course.

    "I want to thank the DPP for making the offer to provide the file," Mr Shine said.

    22 December 2006

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