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Royal Commission to be established into Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in the Northern Territory



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PRIME MINISTER

THE HON. MALCOLM TURNBULL MP

ATTORNEY GENERAL SENATOR THE HON. GEORGE BRANDIS QC

MEDIA RELEASE

26 July 2016

Royal Commission to be established into Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in the Northern Territory

The Commonwealth Government will establish a Royal Commission, in co-operation with the Government of the Northern Territory into the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre.

Like all Australians, we were shocked and appalled by the images of mistreatment of children at the detention centre.

Every child in our justice system must be treated with humanity and respect at all times.

The two Governments will move quickly to finalise Terms of Reference and recommend an eminent person to conduct the inquiry.

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 powers of a Royal Commission, including its ability to compel evidence, are therefore necessary to identify the systemic failures at the institution.

It is important that the causes and failures at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre are identified to provide lessons to other correctional institutions in Australia to ensure they are never repeated.

This needs to be a thorough inquiry which exposes what occurred and why it remained concealed for so long.

Media contacts:

Prime Minister’s office - John Garnaut 0481 463 891 Attorney General’s office - Scott Bolitho 0477 722 189