Australian governments play down the difference between child and adult offenders, and the costs are high
Do we want to punish some of the most vulnerable young people in the community, or do we want to reduce re-offending? The Northern Territory’s proposed youth justice reforms suggest the former.
Open justice is in contest with other rights as the Northern Territory considers a bill to ban the media from juvenile court cases.
Implementing the Don Dale royal commission’s recommendations will test the capacity to redress the ‘systemic and shocking failures’ it identified.
The Don Dale royal commission’s capacity to make lasting change lies with the government implementing its recommendations.
Architecture can affect behaviour and the choices we make. The brief is out for a centre to replace the Don Dale facility, but word is, it’s ‘a disgrace’. We can do much better.
Australia is the only democratic nation in the world without a national charter of rights or similar.
The NT youth justice royal commission’s interim report did not deliver any findings or make any recommendations. Nor did it reflect young people’s personal stories.
Australian jurisdictions should enact permanent solutions to juvenile justice crises that replace large and ineffective youth prisons with a safer, more decent alternative.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The accomplishments of successful royal commissions flow not just from strong findings and recommendations but from intelligent procedure.
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.