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Debates Day 5 - 31 October 2018



Debates Day 5 - 31 October 2018

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Parliamentary Record 15


Debates for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2018; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020




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DEBATES Wednesday 31 October 2018 4795 have more youths out bush. I went past Wildman River the other day coming back from Jabiru. It reminded me of the times we had a camp therewhich the Labor government shut, much to my annoyance. The minister at the time, Peter Toyne, made the decision to close it. I thought then and still think it was a bad decision. That is one area we should revisit. Today I am talking about the process for a site. I may also talk about what will happen in that site. I do not mind getting pounded because of my views of the site, but I do not want to get pounded for my views that we should have a good rehabilitation centre for young people. To some extent, what I will do is fairly plain, but it is a bit of a chronology of where we are now. In February this year an announcement was made by Minister Wakefield to build a new detention centre on the present site of the old prison. I quote from the media release: Safer Communities: Plans Announced for New Youth Justice Facilities in Darwin and Alice Springs. It was on 16 February 2018: A major step in fixing the Territorys broken youth justice system will occur with todays announcement of a new youth justice centre in Darwin, as well as a preferred site for an Alice Springs facility. The November 2017 final report of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT stated Don Dale is not fit to put young people back on the right path and out of the cycle of crime, and that it needed to close. The Territory Labor Government accepted this recommendation, which included reporting to the Childrens Commissioner within three months on a program to close the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre. Minister for Territory Families, Dale Wakefield said that Government has gone one step further to include the closure of the Alice Springs Youth Detention Centre, as it is not fit for purpose. She said that the two new youth justice facilities will mark a new beginning and deliver better results for rehabilitating at-risk children in the NT. New Darwin facility: Ms Wakefield said the NT Government has selected a site in Darwin to develop a new youth justice facility to replace Don Dale Youth Detention Centre which will be bulldozed. The new facility will be on the existing Berrimah site. This block of land has been selected due to its serviceability, accessibility by service providers, ownership and size. The new Darwin site will support young people by focusing on culture and connectedness to family, along with education and training, while leveraging the expertise available at the Desert Knowledge Precinct. That was also being discussed. The press release also mentioned that Danila Dilba supported that site because of its closeness to public transport and of the availability of services in the area. I mention that because we talk about consultation, and there was some consultation, at least with people who are involved in developing a youth detention centre. Danila Dilba was involved in that process. The then NT Government did as it said and gave a report to the Childrens Commissioner. In that report on 18 February, it said: Report to the Childrens Commissioner on the program for the closure of Don Dale Youth Detention Centre.

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