Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Coronial Investigation into Mr Ward

The Coronial Investigation into the death of Mr Ward highlights the horrific treatment he endured while being transported in custody from Laverton to Kalgoorlie in extreme temperatures.

I encourage the Western Australian Government to promptly implement the recommendations detailed in the Coroner’s report into the death of Mr Ward.

This is a tragic event that should never have happened.

The Western Australian Government should implement these recommendations to prevent this shocking event from happening again.

The circumstances of Mr Ward’s death have created a sense of injustice and loss among Aboriginal people and deserve redress.

Mr Ward was a well-respected and central figure in his family and the community of Warburton.

I extend my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr Ward and to the Warburton community for the loss under terrible circumstances of a well-regarded and respected leader.