‘Dark days of old Don Dale’: Human rights groups condemn NT’s new youth justice laws

NT families minister says changes made to manage security risks but Amnesty says they are ‘dangerous’

Human rights, legal groups and Aboriginal peak organisations have called for a halt to the Northern Territory’s juvenile justice laws they say will take them back to the “dark days of the old Don Dale”.

Following the swift passage of the youth justice amendment bill in NT parliament this week, Amnesty International said the changes were “dangerous”.

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‘Dark days of old Don Dale’: Human rights groups condemn NT’s new youth justice laws

NT families minister says changes made to manage security risks but Amnesty says they are ‘dangerous’

Human rights, legal groups and Aboriginal peak organisations have called for a halt to the Northern Territory’s juvenile justice laws they say will take them back to the “dark days of the old Don Dale”.

Following the swift passage of the youth justice amendment bill in NT parliament this week, Amnesty International said the changes were “dangerous”.

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Labor backs official apology for thalidomide survivors

An inquiry also recommended affected families receive compensation and payments towards ongoing care

Labor has called on the government to endorse a national apology to Australians born without limbs and life-long disabilities as a result of the thalidomide scandal, one of the world’s worst pharmaceutical failures.

A parliamentary inquiry into the treatment of thalidomide survivors has recommended the federal government apologise to affected families and provide compensation and ongoing payments towards their health needs.

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Home Affairs says it is targeting ‘extremist ideology of white supremacy’

Mike Pezzullo says agency to investigate claim author of Fraser Anning’s infamous ‘final solution’ speech, was on unpaid leave from his department

The Department of Home Affairs head, Mike Pezzullo, has said his staff are zeroing in on white supremacists and their sympathisers in the week following the Christchurch terror attack, including, if necessary, those within his own department.

Pezzullo’s comments on white supremacy come just a week after he delivered a speech to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute where he listed “seven gathering storms” for national security, where “radical extremist Islamist terrorism” was mentioned, but white supremacy was not.

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Mining sector met NSW ministers almost every week over four years

Environment groups were given far less access and broadcaster Alan Jones got eight ‘catch-up’ meetings

Mining and resources companies were given an extraordinary level of access to the highest rungs of the New South Wales government in the past four years, securing roughly 188 meetings with ministers in 235 weeks.

An analysis of four and a half years of the state’s ministerial diaries shows the NSW Minerals Council has obtained regular access to resources, planning and finance ministers, and the offices of premiers and deputy premiers.

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