Brand-new royal commissioner Brian Ross Martin says he’s the right man to look into allegations of abuse of young prisoners at the Don Dale facility, and that neither he nor any other Supreme Court justice had any inkling of what was going on there. But that turns out not to be true. In June 2014, the NT Supreme Court upheld the not guilty verdict of a guard at Don Dale — who had been accused of assaulting none other than its now most famous inmate, Dylan Voller.
And there are other thorny questions. Tucked away on page 240 of Brian Ross Martin’s 570-page door-stop report of the inquiry into the establishment of a Northern Territory Anti-Corruption, Integrity and Misconduct Commission is the instrument of his appointment, dated December 14, 2015.