Policymakers are reluctant to acknowledge the care system is producing criminals.
Few people are talking about how children in residential care and those in juvenile jail are essentially the same people.
Brexit, Trump, terrorism, 18C, safe schools, the gay marriage plebiscite, a government with a wafer-thin majority and a fractious Senate: it has been quite a year in politics.
The ABC’s Four Corners program revealed dismaying scenes of detainee abuse from the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre.
What’s shocking about the treatment of detainees in youth detention is not so much the treatment of those vulnerable people, but that it is happening in a wealthy country like Australia.
Adam Giles’ Country Liberal Party expected at least two terms in government in the Northern Territory when it won office in 2012.
The Country Liberal Party government in the Northern Territory faces near-certain defeat on August 27.
Next week, Australians will look back at one the most significant moments in the struggle for Indigenous rights.
What are Australia’s international obligations in relation to its offshore processing centres?
Leaked incident reports from the Nauru detention centre affirm what has been known for a long time: detention is no place for children, and we need alternatives to offshore processing.
Across Australia, Indigenous children constitute at least 54% of children in juvenile detention centres.
What the Northern Territory's experience with state interventions reveals is that rather than protecting young people, it has placed them at greater risk of mistreatment and trauma.
Rather than assisting in prevention and allowing children to mature out of offending, juvenile detention does the opposite.
Important questions are being asked about why children were abused in juvenile detention in the Northern Territory. But we also need to ask why children are being detained at all.
The royal commission into the Northern Territory's youth detention and child protection systems has had a shaky start.
Brian Martin (centre) resigned as royal commissioner following perceived conflicts of interest relating to his and his daughter’s former roles.
The accomplishments of successful royal commissions flow not just from strong findings and recommendations but from intelligent procedure.
Brian Martin said he was not prepared to proceed with the commission in face of the risk to its effectiveness.
Less than a week after being named royal commissioner to investigate the Northern Territory child detention and protection systems, Brian Martin has quit, citing criticisms of his appointment.
Should places like the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre even exist?
The Don Dale scandal is an opportunity to ask whether incarceration achieves the aims it sets out to achieve, or just further hardens criminals.
Malcolm Turnbull swiftly announced a royal commission this week in response to revelations about the treatment of boys in the Don Dale youth detention facility.
George Brandis, former NT chief justice Brian Martin, who will head the royal commission, and Malcolm Turnbull announce the commission’s terms of reference.
The royal commission's terms of reference hold some promise, but more needs to be done about juvenile justice and child protection systems across Australia.
Malcolm Turnbull, George Brandis and former Northern Territory chief justice Brian Martin (centre) face the media in Parliament House on Thursday.
The high rate of both youth and adult indigenous incarceration is a national disgrace.
The shocking abuse of young inmates at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre has prompted a royal commission.
The shocking incidents at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre, revealed this week, are not in isolation.
Four Corners has refocused national attention on Indigenous incarceration rates, but there are several problems with prison data collections.
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The official data show incarceration rates of Indigenous people have doubled since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody 25 years ago. But the problem may be even worse than that.
Disturbing images such as this from the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre have shocked the nation and prompted a royal commission.
The use of surveillance cameras raises difficult issues for the law in balancing privacy with exposure that is in the public interest – and perhaps it's time that balance was reviewed.
Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles, flanked by corrections commissioner Mark Payne and police commissioner Reece Kershaw, speak to the media on Tuesday.
It is surely extraordinary it took a Four Corners program, excellent as it was, to force the attention of Northern Territory and federal politicians on to the scandal of the NT detention system when most…
The forthcoming royal commission should bring recommendations that could improve the future treatment of young people in juvenile detention.
The abuse at Don Dale detention centre has been known for some time, but nothing has been done about it.