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Shane Drumgold was born in Sydney Australia in 1965. He grew up in the Housing Commission area of Mt Druitt in Sydney’s western suburbs. After initially dropping out of High School, he enrolled in university as a mature age student and went on to complete a Bachelor of Economic, Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Masters of International Law and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. In 2003 he was awarded the prestigious Churchill Fellowship to study restorative justice in indigenous communities in North America and Polynesia. He was a member of the steering committee for inaugural indigenous circle sentencing court, and the restorative justice unit in Canberra Australia.
He has worked as a part time academic at the Australian National University, and both as a public defender and prosecutor in Australia and overseas for over a decade. He is presently a Senior Advocate at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution in Canberra.
In the 1990s the tiny South Pacific nation of the Solomon Islands was gripped by a bloody and violent civil war. At the turn of the century the Australian government brokered two peace agreements; however a small splinter group refused to lay down their arms. In July 2003 Australia intervened under the thinly veiled disguise of a regional assistance mission.
Between January 2006 – February 2007 Shane worked as a Public Defender under Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI). RAMSI’s romantic catchphrase was “Helpen Fren” (Helping a friend). In 2011 Shane published a tell-all book “Palm Tree Justice – inside the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands”. This book was the first story behind the story. The story missing from the glossy promotional material and press releases. The story of the Solomon Islanders squashed under the RAMSI juggernaut.