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Lands Council joins the march for Bowraville justice

The Aboriginal Lands Council has added support to the Bowraville Protest March in Sydney today.
The Aboriginal Lands Council has added support to the Bowraville Protest March in Sydney today. Jessica Grewal

AUSTRALIA'S largest Aboriginal member-based organisation has called on the NSW Government to show compassion to the families of the three murdered Bowraville children.

The NSW Aboriginal Lands Council has added its support to the protest in Sydney's Hyde Park today where the families of Colleen Craig-Walker, 16, Evelyn Greenup, 4, and Clinton Speedy-Duroux, 16, and their supporters will march on Macquarie Street.

Despite several trials, the acquittal of a police suspect and a coronial inquest, no person has been convicted of the children's murders at Bowraville mission between 1990 and 1991.

Acting on behalf of the families, law firm Allens submitted an application to former Attorney General John Hatzistergos to refer the case back to the Court of Criminal Appeal, but he rejected the applications twice on the need for there to have been 'fresh evidence' uncovered in the murder cases.

The legal team again submitted an application to the current Attorney General Greg Smith, who in February this year, refused to re-try all three cases in a single trial.

Mr Smith informed the families' legal teams he would not be referring the cases to the Court of Criminal Appeal because he believes there was little hope for a conviction.

"This ended our hopes of seeing justice for our children and ensuring that a jury could determine the guilt, on all the evidence, of the sole suspect in the killing," Leonie Duroux, a representative of Clinton's family, said.

"We have been advised by Mr Smith that a Royal Commission will not be supported by him, nor will a parliamentary inquiry into the double jeopardy law changes."

The setbacks have not quashed the determination of the families of these murdered children, who are struggling every day for justice.

NSWALC Councillor for the Mid-North Coast Peter Smith today called on the state Attorney General to consider the application again.

"All the families have wanted was their day in court," Cr Smith said.

"They have received legal opinion that if all three cases were linked there would be a good chance for conviction.

"They have fought for more than two decades, but the crimes are still fresh, as if this tragedy happened yesterday.

"I call on Greg Smith to show a little compassion and walk a mile in the shoes of these families?

"How would he be able to move on?"

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