Without Unnecessary Violence

PLEASE NOTE: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this document may contain images of deceased persons. 

At the 150th anniversary of the gazettal of Regulations imposing a duty on armed officers to “disperse” any “large assembly of blacks without unnecessary violence”, how does the present day reality of Aboriginal people in Queensland continue to be shaped by the history of their relations with the Queensland colonial police force?


On Monday 29 August join us in the Premier’s Hall of Parliament House for an hour long discussion moderated by ABC Radio National’s Paul Barclay.


Professor Megan Davis

megan2Dr Megan Davis is a Professor of Law and an Acting Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and a member of the NSW Sentencing Council.

Megan is the Chair and UN expert member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples and holds portfolios including Administration of Justice and Gender and Women and is the focal point for UN Women and UN AIDS.

Professor Mark Finnane


Mark Finnane is ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of History at Griffith University. He researches the history of criminal justice, policing, punishment, and criminal law and his books include Police and Government: Histories of Policing in Australia. Currently he directs the ARC-funded ‘Prosecution Project’, hosted at the Griffith Criminology Institute.


Mr Sam Watson


Sam Watson is a senior member of the Brisbane indigenous community. He has blood ties to the traditional owner nations of this area and has family ties to the Biri Gubba people, the Kalkadoon people and the Wik / Mapoon people. Since the 1960s he has been involved in setting up programmes and organisations to deliver essential survival services to Indigenous people across the state and nationally.