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NT youth detention centre scandal

AAP logoAAP 25/07/2016

THE NT YOUTH DETENTION AFFAIR: WHO SAID WHAT

* "We're determined to examine the extent to which there has been a culture of abuse and indeed whether there has been a culture of cover up." - Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

* "Seeing some of that footage last night and understanding many of the historical elements within our corrections system, that I think over time there has most certainly been a culture of cover-up." - Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles

"The anger I felt within that we, as a First World nation, are doing this to Aboriginal kids in custody also beggars the question were there other children who weren't indigenous that were subjected to the same processes." - Federal Liberal MP Ken Wyatt

* "I am the Minister for Corrections, not the minister for kicking the shit out of people." - Now sacked correctional services minister John Elferink

* "I have visited many detention centres. Sadly, I have never seen conditions of that kind and I have never seen people treated in that way." - Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs

* "I welcome the royal commission. I encourage immediate action to protect the rights and wellbeing of children." - National Children's Commissioner Megan Mitchell

* "They're being shackled to chairs a la Guantanamo Bay. This is actually happening in Australia in 2016." - Barrister John Lawrence

* "You could define what I've seen happening in the youth justice facilities as torture." - Former NT children's commissioner Dr Howard Bath

* "If you were seeing non-indigenous children being treated this way, there would be a swift response from the community and the government to the problem." - National Justice Project principal solicitor Professor George Newhouse

* "That's why most of the boys are already back there by a month or so, 'cause it changes your mind." - Former Don Dale detainee Kenny Rogan

* "I'll pulverise the little f***er." - Guard on tape at the Don Dale Juvenile Detention Centre

* "He deserves his life back, he's been in and out of jail from the age of 11, 10, and he's 19 this year, that's half of his whole life; he's lost everything," she said." - Sister of Dylan Voller, one of the inmates victimised

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