Daley case fuels idea black lives worth less than white
UPDATE: Supporters of the family of Lynette Daley are organising a demonstration outside the Grafton office of the Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis at 10am this morning.
Social media has lit up in support of the Daley and Davis families are they search for justice for their mother and daughter. There is a hashtag #justicefornorma
Ms Daley, also known as Norma, died in horrendous circumstances two years ago on an Iluka beach in the company of two men, who, while charged with causing her death, have never come to trial.
Demonstration organisers are calling on the public to put pressure of the DPP to bring them men to trial and gain justice for her.
There is an online petition to the DPP on www.change.org calling for the DPP to bring the two men, Adrian Attwater and Paul Maris, to trial.
EARLIER: THE FAILURE of the NSW legal system to try two men charged over the brutal death of a Maclean woman in 2011 reinforces perceptions that black lives are not as important as white one says Greens MP Jan Barham.
In January 2011 the body of 33-year-old Lynette Daley, also known as Norma, was found on 10 Mile Beach at Iluka.
She had died as the result of a violent sex act performed on her by a man described as her boyfriend, Adrian Attwater.
The ABC TV current affairs program Four Corners will air a show tonight about Ms Daley's death and its aftermath.
Despite the NSW Coroner recommending the case go to court and police laying charges of manslaughter against Attwater and another man, Paul Maris, the NSW Department of Public Prosecutions has twice refused to bring the men to trial.
Ms Barham, the Byron Bay-based NSW Upper House member, said it is shocking this could happen in the 21st century.
"People are right to ask what would happen if the roles were reversed," Ms Barham said.
"If two Aboriginal men had killed a white woman in such horrific circumstances there would be outrage in the community."
"Aboriginal people are thinking justice is different for them than it is for a white person."
Ms Barham said she first leared about the case at a Sorry Day rally in Grafton and had brought the matter to the attention of the NSW Attorney General Gabrielle Upton.
"I mentioned it to her in February ," Ms Barham said. "I was seeking answers from her hoping it could work through the system rather than be played out in the media."
Ms Barham said she could only hope the Four Corners program would provoke some action from the attorney general.
"You have to hope something positive can come from such a shocking situation," she said.
In an interview with 4Corners Ms Daley's stepfather Gordon Davis showed why Ms Barham has concerns.
"They didn't care about her," Mr Davis said. "She was just a statistic with the DPP and with them. You know, it was just another Indigenous girl, we'll sweep it under the carpet. You know, they're a dime a dozen, this happens all the time, we'll let it go.
"I was wondering, if it would've been two Aboriginal boys had done that to a white girl, I reckon they'd be still in jail."
The ALP candidate for Page Janelle Saffin will also be watching carefully tonight.
"I want to watch the program to get more of the facts of the case," Ms Saffin said.
"My response to the story is Lynette has had no advocate for her.
"She was the victim of brutal, male violence which displayed total disregard for her as a person. You have an emotional response to that."
Ms Saffin said she hoped the program would bring her up to speed with the legal issues, but said the case distressed her greatly.
"If I have to raise my voice to make sure her case is heard, I will," Ms Saffin said.