The West Australian Parliament has agreed to make a formal apology to the family of Roebourne Teenager, John Pat who died in police custody in 1983.
27 Sep 2013 - 6:08 PM  UPDATED 27 Sep 2013 - 6:28 PM

John Pat's brutal death - along with many others - became a "cause celebre" leading, in the end, to the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

WA Deputy Opposition Leader,  Ben Wyatt put forward a motion for an apology on Wednesday, which was unanimously supported by the house.

The next step is for the apology to be formalised and given, possibly opening a window for legal action by the victim's family.

Meanwhile, protests commemorating John Pat's death will be held around the country tomorrow - starting at midday in Sydney, Melbourne - even on Grand Final Day - Cairns and Adelaide.

Timeline: Aboriginal deaths in custody