For those of us outside the Northern Territory, it can be hard to fathom the defence of the NT government’s “tough on crime” stance over the past few days, especially in light of the revelations of abuse at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre. A tipster pointed us to this post on Chief Minister Adam Giles’ Facebook page from May, when Giles wrote: “Enough is enough. We give rogue youth every chance, but they still break in to our homes, smash up our cars and cause trouble.”

Giles says the government will remove the presumption of bail for “bad youths”: “Nobody wants to see a kid in jail, but nobody wants to see our cars getting smashed up and our houses getting broken in to.”

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Peter Fray

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