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Colin Dillon

Commissioner

Torres Strait Islander Commission

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Torres Strait Islander Commission

Background Information

Employment History

School of Justice


Inspector

Queensland University of Technology


Affiliations

Aboriginal Hostels Limited

Board Member


The Order of Australia

Member


Education

Honorary University Doctorate


honorary doctorate of Doctor

Queensland University of Technology


Web References(29 Total References)


Australian Institute of Criminology - Best practice interventions in corrections for Indigenous people

www.aic.gov.au [cached]

Commissioner Colin Dillon, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, Queensland


Aboriginal Hostels Limited - Board of Directors and Executive

www.ahl.gov.au [cached]

Dr Colin Dillon
Director Mr Colin Dillon has been a Board member sice 11 December 2005. He is currently employed by the Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy. Colin was awarded the Australian Police medal in 1992, for distiguished service to the Queensland Police Service. Colin retired as an Inspector of Police in the Queensland Police Service after a career of 36 years. He has an Honorary University Doctorate and Commissioner of Declarations.


Aboriginal Hostels Limited - Board of Directors and Executive

ahl.gov.au [cached]

Dr Colin Dillon
Director Mr Colin Dillon has been a Board member sice 11 December 2005. He is currently employed by the Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy. Colin was awarded the Australian Police medal in 1992, for distiguished service to the Queensland Police Service. Colin retired as an Inspector of Police in the Queensland Police Service after a career of 36 years. He has an Honorary University Doctorate and Commissioner of Declarations.


www.nit.com.au

Just over 20 years ago the first witness to appear at the Fitzgerald Inquiry into police corruption in Queensland was an Aboriginal police officer, Colin Dillon.He was there to talk about corruption and racism in the Queensland Police Force... and a bottle of scotch.Chivas Regal Salute to be exact.Colin had been given the bottle of scotch by a corrupt police officer.He had no idea what to do about it or to whom he should turn.When the then Queensland government announced the appointment of the Fitzgerald Royal Commission of Inquiry he was given his answer.Shortly after the announcement Colin walked into its offices, placed the unopened bottle of Scotch on a counter, and told his story to investigators.Colin Dillon is a modest, conservative, self-effacing bloke.He's not one to make a big deal out of it.But he's also not the sort to sit back with his mouth shut.When he entered police training in 1965, two years before the 1967 referendum which granted him and his fellow countrymen citizenship rights, he found it "frightening to realise he was the only Aboriginal person on the police force"."The only others were the Black Trackers, universally regarded as inferior with no police powers," he said in a speech on citizenship in 1999.Colin Dillon is no longer alienated from his own people, but he has become increasingly alienated from those elected to uphold justice in his home state.He saw and heard enough way back in the heady days of his early days as a police officer in Queensland to know he had to speak out.Colin Dillon spent 36 years working to the mission and the vision before retiring from the Queensland Police Force in 2001 as the most senior ranking commissioned Aboriginal police officer in Australia.He was awarded the Australian Police Medal (APM) in the Queen's Honours list for distinguished Police Service to Queensland in 1992.I first met him when he was appointed to the Board of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission in the late 90's by the Howard government.He quickly established himself with his fellow Commissioners and staff, including those suspicious of his police background and his appointment by Government, as an honest and forthright supporter of Aboriginal rights.I'm proud to call him a friend.He soon set about working to have state and federal governments implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.He was a great loss to ATSIC when he failed to gain office in the first ever fully elected Board of Commissioners which saw Geoff Clark become Chairperson.He went back to Queensland and began working for the state government on alcohol management programs.Colin Dillon was sitting in the offices of the Department of Premier and Cabinet at a whole of government meeting on the diversionary programs just before Christmas when he received a message that the Director of Public Prosecutions had decided not to charge police officer Chris Hurley over the death of Mulrunji in the police lock up on Palm Island in 2004 - despite a Coroner's finding that Hurley was responsible.Colin Dillon knew it was time to speak out again.He was already fuming from the Government's post-election decision to abolish the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy (DATSIP) without mentioning a word of it during the election campaign.The news about the Palm Island death in custody case was the final straw.Twenty years on from the Fitzgerald Inquiry, which resulted in the then Police Commissioner Terrence Lewis being convicted of corruption and stripped of a knighthood, Colin Dillon was back in the public limelight bemoaning the treatment of his people at the hands of elements of a police force he'd served for more than 35 years.True to form, his actions spoke louder than his words.I thought of Colin Dillon this week as media reports filtered through from Queensland that the state's powerful Police Union was gearing up for a "protracted and dirty fight" with the state government.And when you, dear NIT reader, hear those media reports I'd ask that you to spare a thought for Colin Dillon, and fellow members of the (normally) silent minority.


Media results | Indigenous.gov.au

www.indigenous.gov.au [cached]

Dr Colin Dillon AM APM - Australia's first Indigenous police officer


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