Two aboriginal teens charged with murder of a white woman in a violent home invasion on Boxing Day have had their charges dropped, after Queensland Police have confirmed they were performing a ‘Welcome to Country.’
The two teenage boys, already out on bail for a previous offence that day, were pardoned by Queensland Police and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk after it was confirmed that they were performing a Welcome to Country inside the house.
“We have confirmed it was a realistic rendition of a ‘Welcome to Country’ which involved a violent home invasion usually seen in the NT and Queensland, as a result we’ve dropped the charges on cultural grounds,” Queensland Police Commissioner Katrina Carroll said.
“It’s such a refreshing change from the usual alcohol-fuelled Abo-on-Abo violence that we’ve seen since the ALP went all softcock on crime here in Queensland.”
Meanwhile, Anthony Albanese and Labor MP Linda Burney have offered to make the two ‘brave teens’ the face of the ‘Yes’ campaign for the upcoming Voice to Parliament referendum next year.
The two teenagers will also lead the annual ‘Change the Date’ protests in Melbourne next month ahead of Australia Day, with Lidia Thorpe and Bruce Pascoe also to take part.