Commissioner Mick Gooda says “not once" have Aboriginal communities raised "underage marriage” as a problem, but did he ask, challenged former Minister for Families and Children John Elferink, whose concern is backed by Jacinta Price. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Does "tough on crime" work? Was the government demonising young people? Former Corrections Minister John Elferink (in the centre of the photo) answered tough questions from Peter Morrissey (pictured) and other lawyers in a marathon session at the Royal Commission. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The former NT Corrections Minister had made available to the ABC a “warts and all” account of what had occurred and was occurring in the detention system, yet most of the interview did not find its way into their report. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
UPDATED, 27 April 2017, 5pm: Full statement criticising Four Corners now released. We publish main points.
A record number of prisoners graduated from certificate courses delivered by Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education at Northern Territory correctional centres, writes JOHN ELFERINK, Minister for Correctional Services (pictured).
A number of the children who appeared in court this week in relation to the recent rock throwing and vandalism incidents were already in care of the Department of Children and Families, write Antoinette Carroll and Christa Bartjen-Westermann, of Making Justice Work.
Assaults have been reduced by almost 20% Territory wide and 32% in Alice Springs by "tough new alcohol policies including Alcohol Protection Orders and intensive Temporary Beat Locations" outside bottle shops, claim Chief Minister Adam Giles and Minister for Justice John Elferink in a joint media release.
The lack of plans by NT Children and Families Minister John Elferink following the decision to defund the YSOS is a major concern for all people living in Alice Springs, writes Donna Ah Chee, CEO, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (pictured).