Posted: 26 July, 2016
Shocking footage has emerged over teen inmates being stripped naked, tear-gassed and held in solitary for days in the Northern Territory's youth detention system.
Triple M's Matty Johns called it a national disgrace, saying the detention centre should be shut down today. Watch the full video below.
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Dylan Voller was strapped to mechanical restraint chair in the Northern Territory and left there for two hours Photo: ABC
MALCOLM TURNBULL has this morning announced a ROYAL COMMISSION in the Northern Territory's youth detention system after shocking footage emerged over teen inmates being stripped naked, tear-gassed and held in solitary for days.
ABC's Four Corners program on Monday night showed footage of teens in 2014 at Don Dale Youth Detention Centre and again in 2015 in the old Berrimah adult prison that replaced Don Dale.
Watch the video below.
In one video, a 17-year-old is hooded, shackled to a "mechanical device" chair and left alone for two hours.
"They're being shackled to chairs a la Guantanamo Bay," barrister John Lawrence told the ABC.
In another, one of the guards is heard saying "I'll pulverise the f***er" as a young man in isolation was banging at windows.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the royal commission would be held as soon as possible after discussions with NT Chief Minister Adam Giles.
"We will get to the bottom of this swiftly and we will identify the lessons that need to be learned," Mr Turnbull told ABC radio.
Teen stripped naked and held down Photo: ABC
Mr Giles on Monday night flagged the NT would set up a royal commission.
He said while guards at detention centres had certain powers to do a difficult job, those powers had limits.
"The Northern Territory government does not resile from its tough approach to those who don't want to respect others people's property or safety," He said in a statement.
"But questions were raised about what is going on in our juvenile detention system that date back to 2010."
Lawyers and human rights activists have called for the facility to be shut down for good and called on the federal government to intervene.
Mr Giles has also asked the NT Police Commissioner to consider if the incidents highlighted by Four Corners were used in accordance with the powers afforded to custodial officers, and to prosecute them if necessary.
Australian's human rights chief Gillian Triggs said a government-based independent commission was needed into what happened at the centre.
"We need a proper inquiry and the facts need to be determined and then we can determine whether people should be charged," she told ABC TV's Q&A program.
Since 2014 the government has extended staff training from four days to eight weeks.
Mr Giles said he had full confidence in the majority of custodial officers working in the NT's institutions.