Week 6 – Black ArmBand Tuesdays

Alice Springs residents maintain weekly protest against torture in child prisons.


Today marks the 6th week of protest against a broken juvenile justice system. Sparked by the four corners exposee on torture and abuse of incarcerated youth, outraged Alice Springs locals have maintained a weekly presence on the street. The residents are demanding change to a broken system, and that Elferink, Giles and Scullion be brought to account.

“Today we are sending a clear message to whoever forms Territory government. The draconian and abusive laws in the Territory must be overhauled, we dont have to wait on a royal commission to know that.” said Mitch, one of the concerned residents

We demand changes to the Youth Justice Act in the NT and its recent amendment bill. It is unaccepatble that when detainees are ‘at risk’ the only restriction on officers using force is that the ‘use and extent of force be necessary and convenient’” said Mitch

The abuse at Don Dale dentention centre is a serious breach of the NT Youth Justice Act, and contravenes the UN Convention on Rights of a Child and the UN Convention against Torture.

“Elferink, Giles, and Scullion, have not acted on the information they had to stop these abuses. They must be brought to account. The prison officers must be charged.” said Barbara Shaw, concerned resident

“We need proper consultation and clear action from Gunner and those who form government that the abuse of children in prison ends here and now.” said Shaw

“There are real solutions in our communities. To start with children must not be taken to dentention centres thousands of kilometres away from home. Instead funding must be reinvested in community based, youth, theraputic, and rehabilitation services.” said Shaw

“Internationally, we can look to Norway and Canada. They have working examples of effective alternatives to prison”



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