Corrective Services

MENTALLY IMPAIRED ACCUSED

HON ALISON XAMON (North Metropolitan) [10.16 pm]: I rise tonight because I wish to speak about the unhappy experience of two of my constituents whom I have been assisting out of my office. Unfortunately, their story is not unfamiliar to me. It is important that we start to talk about these issues. This couple is struggling with the fact that their son is a mentally impaired accused person. That highlights some of the problems in the system. This is a very articulate and committed couple, who recognise that their son has lifelong complex needs.

YOUTH JUSTICE

HON ALISON XAMON (North Metropolitan) [9.49 pm]: I rise tonight because I want to talk about an issue that I think is very important and that is the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory, which delivered its final report this month on 17 November. That particular report made some very extensive and, in many cases, horrific findings. I want to talk about some of the findings in relation to youth detention and I will discuss the issues as they pertain to child protection at a later date.

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