Plenty of myths and half-truths about black deaths in custody

By David Biles
Updated April 24 2018 - 8:54pm, first published May 1 2016 - 4:15pm

It is now 25 years since the final report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody was tabled in the federal Parliament, and this has prompted many people to comment on what is seen as the success or failure of the inquiry. Leading the pack was Pat Dodson, one of the commissioners, who made a moving speech to the National Press Club in which he displayed an enormous breadth of knowledge of the subject. He also injected some self-deprecating wit into his answers to questions.