The director of legal advocacy for the Human Rights Law Centre says the commonwealth government is “turning its back on vulnerable children” in the Northern Territory.
The comments are in relation to more than 230 recommendations stemming from the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children.
The Federal Government says only 28 of those come under federal or shared jurisdiction, and has given in-principle support to all but two of the recommendations.
Ruth Barson from the Human Rights Law Centre says the commonwealth is “largely abrogating responsibility” after calling the royal commission than 18 months ago.
The Cth Government called the NT Royal Commission after witnessing horrific abuse. 18 months later, it’s largely abrogating responsibility and turning its back on vulnerable children: https://t.co/m3nLdNZ800
— Ruth Barson (@RuthHRLC) February 8, 2018
Social Services Minister Dan Tehan told the ABC the government is committed to working with the Northern Territory government and stakeholders.