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Posted on Dec 12, 2016 in Media

12/12/2016 [NTRC] Appalling treatment of youth highlighted at Royal Commission Inquiry


Monday 12 December 2016

APO NT congratulates the Commonwealth and NT Government on calling the Royal Commission Inquiry into Youth Detention and Child Protection.

“APO NT has for many years raised with the government the shocking treatment of youth in detention and the long term effects it has on youth”, said John Paterson.

Today Dylan Voller gave evidence at the Royal Commission hearing and broke his silence about his treatment by authorities in Northern Territory youth detention centres.

“Finally youth feel confident to tell their stories to Australia knowing they have strong support behind them”, said John Paterson.

“Today’s evidence is moving, this is Dylan’s personal story which shows how troubled his life was and how fragile he is.  We congratulate Dylan for having the courage to tell his story as it is good for the public to understand how difficult life is for many youth who have been in and are currently in youth detention”, said John Paterson.

What we witnessed today is a story of how the juvenile justice system in the Northern Territory denied young people in its care the opportunity to enjoy even the most basic aspects of a normal life.

APO NT supports the Royal Commission inquiry to uncover where the systems have failed and make recommendations on how to improve laws, policies and practices in the Northern Territory to provide a safer future for our children.


MEDIA CONTACT: John Paterson 0418 904 727

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