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Tonight - another week in politics, another reshuffle. What we've done is refreshed our ministerial team. And a family's legal battle over a death in custody. Sadly, the Briscoe family have lost faith in our system. They believe that they are being
taken Hello, and welcome to the Hello, and program, I'm Alyssa Betts. The Federal Labor Party is entering unprecedented times. A national membership vote for leader. Anthony Albanese will take on Bill Shorten for the job of Opposition Leader and both have kicked off the month-long campaign by appealing for grassroots support. MPs from both major parties returned to Canberra today for the first meetings since the election. For Tony Abbott and the incoming Government it was a moment to savour. Hadyn Cooper reports. The election has been run and won, but the contest is never-ending. Positions of Presse ig and power are for grabs. Be it in the ministry... It's not a matter of putting yourself forward, it's a matter of the Prime Minister making a decision. REPORTER: Are you expecting to move back into a frontbench role? I have no expectations at all. In the Parliament itself. Will you be nominating yourself for speaker? Is that what you do. The new Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce. And in the partyroom. REPORTER: Are you going to put your hat in the ring today for the deputy? Yes, I am. On both sides of the aisle. I'm determined we make Labor as competitive as possible. Have a lovely morning. APPLAUSE My friends, it is my honour to welcome you back to Canberra as the Prime Minister-Elect of Australia. Tony Abbott won't be sworn in until next week and he's yet to announce his frontbench, but the first joint partyroom meeting of the new government was predictably euphoric. But our task is but briefly to savour this moment. is savour this moment. Our task
is to give a great country and is to give a great a great people the government that the people of Australia government that the people Australia deserve. That task and we will now move purposefully, calmly, methodically to deliver on our election commitments, to build a stronger economy for a stronger Australia. He won't know for a month who his know for a month who opponent will be. Labor has two new leadership contenders. I'm standing for the Labor leadership, because I firmly believe I'm the best candidate to lead Labor back into government at the next election. I'm standing because I have the policy credentials developed over a long period of time. Let me say at the outset that I wish Mr Albanese well. I've indicated that if he is successful I will serve in whatever capacity he seeks and he also indicated to me that if I am successful he would stand up as our pinch-hitter in the Parliament and I've indicated I think that would be a great idea. Armed with an economic degree and a steely gaze, the young Anthony Albanese rose through Labor ranks as a political staffer and a scrapper from the party's left. All bets are off. Political cooperation, financial cooperation, this is where the rank and file make their stand. As leader of the House for the past six years, he's held the difficult job of making the tight numbers work, and crucially backed Kevin Rudd to return as leader. All the while, building his profile in unexpected places. I'm Anthony Albanese, and waging rage. What you see is waging rage. What what you get. I'm someone who puts forward a view strongly and passionately when I believe it. His opponent is a warrior for workers' rights. Prominent as a union leader, persuasive as an MP, he used his clout to remove Kevin Rudd and then did the same to Julia Gillard. Throughout, despite the faceless man moniker, he was often in the public eye for better or worse. I understand that the Prime Minister's addressed this in a press conference in Turkey in the last few hours. I haven't seen what she said, but let me say I support what it is that she said. Hang on, you haven't seen what she said - But I support what my Prime Minister said. Now the two Labor veterans square off against each other. The party has never been here before. 30,000 members will vote first, then the caucus after that. Well, that's the idea. We are opening up the party unashamedly to broader participation. That's a good thing. This ballot in the Labor Party will not be the contest of personalities, it will be the contest of ideas. Labor must have the big ideas for the next 20 and 30 years in Australia. That is what I would seek to do if elected leader. Despite some dissent for the new way... REPORTER: You've been pretty process,
critical of the rank and file process, why? I opposed it in caucus and still oppose it. Party strategists believe the rank and file vote will revive modern Labor. I think the most important thing here is that we are having a contest and that the two candidates can go out in a respectful way and say why they think they're the better candidate to lead the party for the next three years. Chris Bowen is the acting leader until a win -- winner emerges to take up the fight against the new Prime Minister. My friends, we have won the trust of the Australian people. Our challenge now is to earn it and to keep it. Thank you so much.

APPLAUSE Hadyn Cooper with that report. In the Territory, local politics upstaged what was a ho-hum result in the two NT Federal seats. The election result that ushered in a new Prime Minister might have been fist punching stuff down south, but it simply returned the status quo locally. So it was left to the Territory Government's vorngs of renewal, the awkwardly phrased Refreshed Ministry the awkwardly phrased Ministry sworn in this week to set tongues always enjoyed working with Alison. She's been a friend. always enjoyed working The line The
Alison. She's been a friend. The line used to soften the dumping of former Labor minister Alison Anderson was itself researched from March's leadership coup. Can I start by thanking Terry Mills for the role he's played with the Country Liberals over the past years. I count Terry as a years. I count Terry as friend. The reshuffle - the fifth since the Country Liberals won power a year ago - followed after weeks of whispers that Anderson would be dumped and speculation she was a marked woman since the day she ridiculed Mr Giles for leadership ambitions. This game isn't about spoilt brats wanting more than what they're given. You have to grow up. The Chief Minister was also forced to deny suggestions his office had been trying to undermine her with rumours she'd turned turncoat again and was campaigning for Labor during the election. Labor's Warren Snowden finds that rumour difficult to swallow. I don't know what you've been smoking, but I suggest you get off it. But political pundits say whatever happened in the bush, it looks to be enough to get Mr Snowden over the line in Lingiari. In 2010, his vote fell almost 30% across the mobile polling booths. That's if you like, the Aboriginal communities. He's managed to get back a bit back over a third of that I'd say and it's just enough to get him elected. It's hard to be dogmatic about the figures, because the about
participation rate dropped about 5% from last time. That sparked a debate about whether the bush vote at a Federal level is a bad sign for the Territory Government, which grabbed power Laurent backs of remote voters. It can't take the bush for granted and frankly we've seen current sitting members in the Northern Territory assembly all their Aboriginal members would have lost their seats on last night's figures. Warren Snowden is delusional. He's sort of on the same planet as Kevin Rudd, prancing around acting as though they've won an election. This is ridiculous stuff. Former Territory Labor figures aren't convinced either. And that's just a short-term politicking line by Warren that you can't blame him for, but it isn't very meaningful I don't think. The next Territory election is still three years away and it's going to be there to be won and lost on a range of factors most of which we can't even begin to imagine at this stage. But Mr Parish says a close-fought win in Lingiari while witling away the country's slim lead on Solomon means Labor has won a moral victory in the face of a national swing. Warren Snowden was looking in trouble some months ago, if the results of the last Territory election in August 2012 had been repeated in the bush polling booths last Saturday, Warren would certainly have been in trouble. The increasingly volatile bush results haven't got politics buffs predicting doom for the Country Liberals. Not yet at least. This time around Aboriginal people are saying to the Country Liberals "We voted for you last time, but we're not voting for you this time, because we're not satisfied that you've done enough for us". Meanwhile the first day of business could have been a triumph for the Conservatives this week, but public comments threatened to turn the Coalition's major promise to cut the cost of living by dumping the carbon tax, into a lie. Our power bills will stay the same. What we've said is that there won't be any, what Mr Abbott said is that there won't be any carbon tax increase. The newly-returned Federal Solomon backbencher Natasha Griggs called it a misunderstanding, but watched it up with watchdog bite. The ACCC will be given additional powers to make sure that any carbon tax components will be abolished and the savings will be passed onto the consumers. That applies to everybody, States and Territories jurisdictions, everybody. This prompted further clarification from senior peers at the Territory level. Absolutely 100% saying that we would not charge for a carbon tax that doesn't exist and the fact is when it's removed we will remove that component from power tariffs. A refreshing start to the term. On Tuesday, it'll be one year On Tuesday, it'll since the Northern Territory coroner On Tuesday, it'll be one year coroner handed down his damning since the Northern Territory findings into the death in custody of an Aboriginal man in Alice Springs. 27-year-old Kwementyaye Briscoe died in the police watchouse after he was taken into protective custody because he was drunk. Up to 10 officers were disciplined over his death and there were widespread reforms in the Northern Territory police. But 12 months on, Mr Briscoe's family say they feel justice hasn't been done and they're tired of fighting. Sally Brooks reports and a warning - this story has images of the deceased person and disturbing footage from the police watchouse. In January last year, Alice Springs police took Kwementyaye Briscoe into protective custody for being drunk. Five hours later, he was found dead in a watchouse cell. I find that the care, supervision and treatment of the deceased while being held in custody by the Northern Territory police was completely inadequate and unsatisfactory and not sufficient to meet his medical needs. This lack of care resulted in his death. That is to say, this death was preventible and should not have occurred. How many more people must die at the hands of the Alice Springs police and the correctional centre before
this town the correctional centre this town wakes up? It's been a long battle this town wakes up? a long battle for Mr a long battle for Mr Briscoe's family. Since his death they've fought for police to be held accountable. We can't allow for these deaths to continue in our jails and our prison systems and our lock-ups. Sadly, the Briscoe family have lost faith in our system. They don't believe that they are being taken seriously. CCTV footage tendered at the inquest into Mr Briscoe's death shows officers dragging and then carrying him to a cell where he was placed alone and face down on a mattress. Inmates tried to raise the alarm when they heard him gasping and struggling to breathe, but police were distracted by other detainees at the time. His body was found two hours after he died. They took somebody's life. After a 10-day inquest coroner Greg Cavanagh found Mr Briscoe died from acute alcohol intoxication and asphyxia. He made a number of recommendations including that dragging prisoners was unacceptable and that nurses should be stationed in watchouses in the major centres. Mr Briscoe's death led to widespread changes in the police force. We now have nurses in the watchouses in Alice Springs, Katherine and Darwin. We have custody sergeants whose role and responsibility is to ensure that those people who are taken into police care in a watchouse are appropriately cared for and I am very confident that the lessons that have been learnt from his death and the changes that have been made to Northern Territory police policy and procedures since then, will go as far as we possibly can to preventing a repeat. The coroner also urged action to reduce the supply of excess take-away alcohol. The numbers of Indigenous Australians taken into protective custody in the Northern Territory each month is a national shame. A meeting was held with stakeholders to discuss alcohol supply in Alice Springs. Health advocates say nothing has been done to reduce the supply of take-away grog beyond existing restrictions. We're thankful that the Government have not removed the supply reduction measures that have been so effective in Alice Springs. They're still in place at a population level, photo
but unfortunately by removing photo licensing, they have removed if you like a mechanism for individual supply reduction targeted at the heaviest drinkers. The NT Bar Association is alarmed by the esculating number of Aboriginal deaths in custody since a royal commission report in the early examined Aboriginal deaths '90s. custody in every examined Aboriginal deaths in custody in Territory over a period Territory over a period of ten years. Territory over a period of years. We were proud to acknowledge there years. We were proud acknowledge there was only two in the Northern Territory. Since then, we have Since then, we have now had in those 20 years, 20 Aboriginal deaths in custody. So our figures are going through the roof. The Northern Territory minister says charging of police is out of the question. Mr Briscoe's family members declined to be interviewed for this story, but say they're tired of trying to hold authorities to account. Lawyer George Newhouse has been representing the family since the inquest. The coroner did find that Mr Briscoe's death was unnecessary and that there were multiple failings of the police and senior police administration that led to his death and the family are concerned that not a single person has been held accountable for the death of their relative. The coroner has previously said he was never asked to refer the case to the Director of Public Prosecutions. We weren't the lawyers for the family at that time, but we put a very detailed brief prepared by a barrister in Melbourne to the Northern Territory DPP about a range of potential criminal offences that had been committed by those police involved that evening. Mr Newhouse has also asked WorkSafe NT to investigate whether there had been a breach of health and safety laws. WorkSafe refused saying the authority was not convinced the act extended to those in protective custody. Their response is incredibly insensitive and fails to acknowledge the desperate need for protecting vulnerable people in lock-ups. says it takes very seriously the Briscoe family's claims for compensation, but necessary the Briscoe family's details have not yet been provided. Mr Briscoe's relatives have dropped all legal action, saying they're tired of battling the Northern Territory justice system. NT WorkSafe says Mr Briscoe's death doesn't fall under the agency's jurisdictions and it stands by its decision not to investigate. The Director of Public Prosecutions says the issues were dealt with at the time and it will not be making further comment. The Northern Territory Police Commissioner
John McRoberts joined me from Alice Springs to discuss changes made since Mr Briscoe's death. John McRoberts, welcome to the program. Thank you. You said on the day the findings were released last year that you hoped Mr Briscoe's death would be a turning point in the way people are cared for when they're in watchouses. So has it been the turning point you hoped it would be 12 months on? I'm very confident that the changes that we identified have been made and most importantly I'm confident that those changes are sustainable in the long-term so that never again do we experience an event such as Kwementyaye Briscoe's death in our care. A couple of the problem areas or areas that the coroner identified was the lack of rigourous auditing and oversight of watchouse staffing practices and he called for nurses to be put into watchouses. How have the nurses been impacting on the day-to-day operations? I think that's a wonderful initiative. Let's face it, police officers are highly trained police practitioners, they are not health professionals or health practitioners, nor should there be an expectation that they are or indeed they're capable of identifying some of the complicated health issues that people present with when they're taken into custody. If it's a good addition to have, why don't we have nurses in Tennant Creek at the moment? Let's get nurses into the three watchouses that have the greatest through-put of people on a daily basis. We also need to recognise that a nurse in watchouse needs a facility whereby people can be properly examined, properly treated. Their right to privacy can be respected and most importantly, respected we considered respected and most we considered that for the time we considered that for the being Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine were the most important Katherine were important places to have nurses. The family in particular of Mr Briscoe says it's given up on getting justice. They say they've seen no charges laid, no sackings, no suspensions. If the best they can get is police assurances saying this won't ever happen to someone else's child, then has justice actually been done? We deemed it appropriate to take disciplinary action against a significant number of police officers and as is the case with taking any type of action, whether it be disciplinary action or indeed criminal action, you need to assess every case on its merits. And the disciplinary action that we took was in my opinion commensurate with the breaches that were identified. There were no criminal offences identified by the coroner during the inquest and, therefore, no criminal charges were brought. Systematic changes were ushered in three years earlier in Alice Springs when there was a similar death in custody, Mr Trigger. The coroner said it was completely unacceptable that it took another death in custody after the Trigger coronial to highlight the persistent systematic failings. So did anyone in police senior management ever get demoted or lose their jobs over the Briscoe coronial? The Briscoe coronial? The outcome of disciplinary action against individual officers is not something that I believe ought to be aired on this particular program. What - But isn't it an issue of public confidence if people can't find out whether or not police senior management who ultimately had the finger pointed at them for failing didn't actually cop any kind of punishment? What I have said and what I maintain and what I say to the Northern Territory public is that we as an organisation took the death of Kwementyaye Briscoe very seriously. And you might have taken it seriously, but if the public can't find out exactly how you've taken it, or how you've meted out the appropriate punishment or disciplinary action then where can the public be assured that you've done the right thing? Well, the proof will be in making sure we don't have a similar event ever again. We have the training, the policies, the procedures, audit processes, the best available information technology to monitor prisoners who are in our care. We have nurses in the watchouse who are able to better identify people who have chronic health conditions and need a medical intervention. The most important thing is that we stick to what we have promised the coroner and ultimately the community that we will do as our part of the deal. Thank you for joining us, John McRoberts. You're welcome. They're back, and with a vengeance. The shock jocks of Darwin's art scene are maintaining their political outrage. Last year, they skewered our politicians with their exhibition 'Little Pricks'. This time they're taking aim at the Northern Territory's heavy drinking culture. Groggy asks people to take off the beer goggles and have a hard look at our fondness for alcohol. Alison Middleton reports.

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It's a sobering reflection on the Northern Territory's drinking habit. The Northern Territory if it were a country would be the second biggest drinking It drinking country in the world.
It is in some ways about forcing It is in some forcing people to look forcing people to own drinking forcing people to look at their own drinking habits and how their habits form part of what own drinking habits and is a drinking culture of their habits form part is a drinking culture of the NT. Artist s Therese Ritchie and Todd Williams have taken a fresh look at the Territory's love affair with booze and it's not always pretty. It's increasingly showing a dangerous face. People are being injured and killed and at that
it's really time to have a look at that in a serious, but not so serious way. I went to pubs and took lots of photographs. I did happen upon a couple of Australia Day brawls. It seems like Australia Day is now a free-for-all, an excuse for people to get plastered. We've got a public holiday, they can wipe themselves out. Therese Ritchie studied the foot traffic outside bottlos. There was streams and rivers of grog coming out of that shop and it was all on Indigenous people. Todd Williams has inverted the messages of advertising. My piece on the Bottle Mart man who's this happy genual human bottle who's smiling saying, " Come on and drink" , I've pictured him as a murderous, a legion of them coming out of the water looking murderous with broken bottles and really reflecting more, instead of this happy Mr Bottle Mart fellow that he's behind a lot of terrible behaviour. The artists aren't raising their glasses to politicians
comments on grogs that have their glasses to been doing the rounds. been doing the rounds. By calling the alcohol industry as part of the fabric of our economy at a speech for the Australian Hotels' Association, I thought was totally irresponsible, which is why I've put Dave Tollner with various shirts, various fabrics reflecting the effects of alcohol. Government policy is also roped in for debate. The issues around alcohol or drug taking in the Northern Territory, it always seems to be focussed on that 20% of the Aboriginal population, which is about 12,800 people. It's always focusing on them and hazardous drinking, but when you look around you notice that everybody's doing it. The artists hope their work will have a big impact. Art doesn't really change the spaces
world, but it does provide spaces and gateways for people to think and reflect and to laugh and to talk. I think it is very important for art to be involved in directly commenting on some of the big problems that we have and there's no doubt that alcohol is a big problem. Art has a very useful function in a democratic system about holding up a mirror to society and the gallery's hoping that it generates dialogue or debate or reflection, constructively. Their work may be humourous, but the take-away is serious. No matter whether you're sipping some kind of expensive alcohol with a beautiful label or whatever, you're all on the same continum of taking drugs and so I would just ask people to self-reflect before they judge and to look at their own habits. It really is time to focus on alcohol as not the harmless thing that it is, but one of the biggest harmful drugs that we have in our society. That's all we have time for this week. Have a great weekend.

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