Royal Commission into the Protection and
Detention of Children in the Northern Territory

 Royal Commission into NT youth detention hearings resume

Public hearings of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory resume tomorrow and will lead with evidence from Mr Keith Hamburger, author of a recent review of NT’s Department of Correctional Services. Hearings will commence in Darwin’s Supreme Court tomorrow at 10am (ACST).

On Wednesday, Commissioners Margaret White AO and Mick Gooda will tour the former and current Don Dale youth detention facilities and the Darwin watch house to see first-hand the facilities and conditions that witnesses to the Commission will speak about.

Commissioner Gooda said a tour of the facilities would provide context when the Commission was hearing from young people giving evidence.

“We really need to take a look at the places so we can get a good understanding of what these children have experienced,”

“We have heard these experiences described in the hundreds of emails, submissions and phone calls the Commission has received over recent months,” Commissioner Gooda said.

As part of the engagement with communities about the Commission’s work, more than 1000 people have spoken to us about the issues facing children.

“There are many tragic stories, but importantly there is hope. Aboriginal people have told us they recognise that things need to change to keep children safe,” he said.

Commissioner White said protecting those children was paramount to the Commission’s work.

“Our priority is to ensure vulnerable people – particularly children – have a voice and are protected,” Commissioner White said.

“This isn’t work that can be rushed, but it is vital we have their confidence.”

The hearings will continue into next week, with an updated schedule to be advised.

Royal Commission into NT youth detention hearings resume
Royal Commission into NT youth detention hearings resume
Royal Commission into NT youth detention hearings resume