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Royal Commission into Don Dale Youth Detention Centre, Northern Territory

Posted on: 1 August, 2016
Issue: Vol 16 No 3, July 2016 – September 2016
Related to Social and emotional wellbeing Offender health Northern Territory

The Prime Minister of Australia has announced that the Commonwealth Government will establish a Royal Commission into the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in the Northern Territory (NT).

The Royal Commission is to be undertaken as a joint initiative of the Commonwealth Government and the NT Government.

The Prime Minister, The Hon Malcolm Turnbull, stated that ‘Every child in our justice system must be treated with humanity and respect at all times,’ and that ‘previous inquiries conducted within the Northern Territory into the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre failed to identify the nature and extent of the behaviour highlighted by Four Corners’.

The following links are to the Four Corners program, which was aired by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on Monday 25 July 2016, media releases and other relevant information.

Prime Minister’s media release:

Four Corners program, ‘Australia’s Shame’:

ABC News coverage:

  • Royal Commission into NT youth detention to investigate possible human rights breaches
    View news item: ABC News (28 July 2016)
  • Youth detainees could be moved to NT immigration detention centre
    View news item: ABC News (28 July 2016)
  • Dylan Voller: Timeline of teenager’s mistreatment in NT youth detention
    View news item: ABC News (26 July 2016)
  • Four Corners: Dylan Voller releases letter apologising for crimes, thanking community for support
    View news item: ABC News (26 July 2016)
  • The NT locks up young people at 3 times higher rate than other states and territories
    View news item: ABC News (26 July 2016)

Northern Territory Government information:

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet information:

Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre community portal:

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