Giles Shocked And Disgusted At Juvenile Detention System Practices

Giles Shocked And Disgusted At Juvenile Detention System Practices

Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles

Statement: Juvenile Detention

Victor P Taffa

Like all Australians I was shocked and disgusted by tonight’s Four Corner’s program.

A community is judged by the way it treats its children and serious questions were raised by ABC tonight.

Equally the Northern Territory (NT) Government does not resile from its tough approach to those who don’t want to respect others people’s property or safety.

But tonight questions were raised about what is going on in our juvenile detention system that date back to 2010.

 

While the community grants those responsible for running our custodial system certain powers to do a difficult job, those powers have limits. Policies and procedures exist to codify what those powers are and when and how they can be used.

What we saw tonight raises questions about whether those powers have been used in the right way.

I have asked the Commissioner of NT Police to consider if the incidents highlighted by Four Corners were used in accordance with the powers afforded to custodial officers.

I have indicated to the Commissioner that if Police were to form a view that any law has been broken then the government and the community would expect that such matters be pursued rigorously.

I also will seek advice on the establishment of a Royal Commission to investigate the matters raised in the Four Corners story.

I intend to consult the Leader of the Opposition on the terms of reference of this inquiry.

I hope the process can begin prior to the caretaker period for the August 27 election commencing, however I will continue to work with the Opposition Leader  to make sure such an inquiry happens.

I have full confidence in the majority of custodial officers working in the Northern Territory’s institutions. They have a challenging and difficult job, one that not many people wish to do. To those officers I want to say, you have my full support for the work that you do in upholding our laws.

 

Northern Territory Statehood

The Northern Territory Election will be held on Saturday 27 August 2016 and is to be the last Northern Territory Election that will be held before the proclamation of Statehood on 1 July 2018 as Australia’s 7th duly constituted State within existing boundaries.

The new state is likely to be called the State of North Australia.

Upon the proclamation of Statehood the current Northern Territory Parliament and Legislative Assembly will be dissolved and Proclaimed as a State Parliament.

Statehood has benefited the lives of people in all other States.

Statehood will enable the new State to pass laws as it sees fits without having to bow and scrape to the Federal Government in Canberra.

Statehood will allow the new State to retain Mining Royalties from land that will in turn increase the wealth of the new State and enhance the lives of all people who lives in the State.

Statehood allows a State Parliament to pass laws enabling land owners to hold Torrens or Strata Title over the land that they own as is the case in the State of New South Wales.

On  1 January 1901, the Commonwealth of Australia was formed as a Federation of States. The New South Wales Legislative Assembly was dissolved on 11 June 1901 with an election held on 3 July 1901.

Proclamation of Statehood will be a very exciting and historic time for the new State.