Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner
Interim Report Backs Territory Government Action
Victor P Taffa
Chief Minister Michael Gunner welcomes the release of the Royal Commission’s interim report which highlights work already happening to address the cycle of crime through the Gunner Government’s youth justice system overhaul.
Chief Minister Gunner said the Interim Report did not put forward recommendations or findings, but identified themes directly relating to work already underway.
“My Government took immediate action upon coming to Government to overhaul the broken youth justice system and implement our child protection agenda.” Chief Minister Gunner said.
“Our $18.2 Million reform the most comprehensive in our history directly aligns with many of the challenges the Royal Commission has identified in its interim report.”
“I have discussed the Report with the Prime Minister, and reiterated with him the challenges and issues identified in the interim report require an aligned effort between the Commonwealth and the Northern Territory Government.” Chief Minister Gunner said.
Changes already implemented by the Gunner Government include:
- Passing legislation to ban spithoods and restraint chairs;
- Funding 52 new youth diversion workers;
- Providing $6 Million to NGO’s to run diversion programs and boot camps;
- Recruitment and training 25 new Youth Justice Officers in Darwin and Alice Springs.
“This is not a short term fix. We are rebuilding trust in Government by making a long term commitment that goes beyond election cycles, focussing on breaking the cycle of crime through early intervention and tough but fair rehabilitation and diversion programs.” Chief Minister Gunner said.
Chief Minister Gunner said the root cause of many of the challenges highlighted in the Royal Commission’s Interim Report was disadvantage.
Chief Minister Gunner said the Northern Territory Government is addressing the cycle of disadvantage through its record $1.1 Billion investment to build and improve remote houses right across the Territory.
“Along with reforms to youth justice and our early childhood reforms, this Government has begun building more remote houses because we know a good home leads to a good education, good health and good community outcomes.” Chief Minister Gunner said.
“We are also tackling the causes of crime and social dysfunction through a plan to combat alcohol abuse bringing back the BDR and investing in appropriate rehabilitation strategies.”
Chief Minister Gunner said he looked forward to receiving the final report in August.
Non-Government Organisations (NGO’s)
Banned Drinker Register (BDR)