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Australia Missing policeman's family takes Supreme Court action over honour roll decision

12:46  04 may  2021
12:46  04 may  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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The family of a north Queensland policeman who disappeared while on duty 12 years ago is taking Supreme Court action to have him recognised on the police honour roll.

State coroner Michael Barnes ruled in 2012 that Senior Sergeant Mick Isles must have committed suicide, although his body has never been found.

Queensland Police is reviewing its honour roll process after the state Ombudsman found it was discriminating against officers who died by suicide.

However, Steven Isles said the review was not progressing fast enough and families such as his were being kept in a "state of suspense".

"The Queensland Ombudsman recommended that my father be added to the Queensland Police Memorial," Mr Isles said.

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"It's now 10 months on from that finding and we're still waiting for answers."

A coroner ruled Senior Sergeant Mick Isles died by suicide after he disappeared while on duty near Townsville in 2009.

For years his son Steven has been campaigning to have him and other police who have died by suicide listed on the Queensland Police honour roll.

"We're simply looking for my father to have some final dignity in his service," he said.

"We're also looking for closure for my family. It's something that's long overdue.

"It's painful going through this process, but it's something that has to be done."

Years of waiting

Mr Isles has launched an application in the Supreme Court of Queensland for a statutory order of review.

The application claims that Queensland's Police Minister and Police Commissioner "failed to decide" on a proposed decision to include Senior Sergeant Mick Isles on the honour roll in 2011.

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In court documents Mr Isles has claimed he and his family have "been kept in a state of suspense" for years.

A brief hearing was held at the Supreme Court of Queensland in Townsville on Tuesday.

The matter is due to return to court in July.

A spokesman for Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan said it was "understandable that the families of [police officers] would want them to be remembered for the personal sacrifices they have made".

"These are matters that are decided by the Police Commissioner," he said.

"It's a decision that should be made by police and I will respect any decision they make.

"As this matter is now before the courts it would be inappropriate to provide any further comment."

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll has been contacted for comment.

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