Inquiry outlined, calls for another
A band of Indigenous organisations wants a different royal commission.
Malcolm Turnbull has tabled terms for the Federal Government’s newly-announced royal commission into disturbing practices and problems in NT’s juvenile justice system.
Additionally, the Northern Territory Government is counter-suing two young boys who are seeking damages for abuses allegedly suffered at the hands of guards at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre.
But now, Indigenous community health advocates want an intense inquiry into the devastating rates of Indigenous suicide across Australia.
Current figures suggest that 5.2 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will take their own life.
Indigenous suicide prevention organisation Black Rainbow says a royal commission could
“open up a dialogue” about suicide in Indigenous communities.
The group wants to find out if peak mental health organisations were doing enough to tackle the problem adequately.
While there is a clear correlation between the massive overrepresentation of young Indigenous people in jail and high suicide rates in communities, Black Rainbow founder Dameyon Bonson says there should be more than one inquiry.
“As we've seen with the royal commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, the conversation [is] on the forefront of people's minds,” he told the ABC.
“Now if you've been subjected to the torture which is what that was that these young people [in Don Dale] experienced, the impact, the psychological damage, where's the follow up?
He said it was important to be thorough.
“What happens is that if we bring too many things into one investigation, things will get missed.”