NCAB Conference: Justice Alastair Nicholson calls for Aboriginal influence in Royal Commission

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Media Release - Thursday 28 July

Former Chief Justice of the Family Court Alistair Nicholson has called on the Turnbull Government to include an   Aboriginal representative on to the royal commission into alleged abuses at a juvenile justice facility in the Northern Territory.

“I’ve talked to some of my Aboriginal friends and they’ve told me they’ve had enough of having things done to them, and that they wanted to be involved,” Justice Nicholson said.

He deplored the alleged abuses in the detention facility, revealed by ABC’s Four Corners, and said he hoped that any investigation “would not be a whitewash”.

Calling for the inclusion of a senior Aboriginal representative on the royal Commission, Justice Nicholson said “it would add great weight to the commission.”

Justice Nicholson today officially opened the two-day National Centre against Bullying (NCAB) conference in Melbourne, an initiative of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation.

After his opening address, Justice Nicholson said of the Four Corners footage, “this is one of the most horrific things I’ve seen, I couldn’t believe I was in Australia”

 The conference hosts world leading local and international guest speakers, presenters and delegates with this year’s conference taking on the theme ‘Towards bullying solutions: theory and practice.’

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