I am not here attempting to justify or otherwise the …

Comment on Copping ‘mental and physical abuse’ on top of serving time: Dylan Voller’s evidence to the NT Royal Commission by Hal Duell.

I am not here attempting to justify or otherwise the past behaviour of either the prisoners or guards currently under scrutiny.
What I am suggesting is a level playing field.
When attempting to explain and understand the criminal acts and subsequent unacceptable behaviour of many young detainees, reference is made to their youthful treatment and conditioning by social forces that they have been subjected to.
Can we grant the same consideration to the guards?
Our Federal Government has been and still is complicit in the brutal treatment of detainees on Manus Island and Nauru.
It stands accused of complicity in the torture of political prisoners in the Iraqi theatre of war.
I suggest guards at our detention facilities here in the NT see this and come to the conclusion that such behaviour is acceptable.
Trickle down economics is a phrase our political leaders often use to explain economic policy. Having popularised this phrase, I suggest they widen their scope and consider the effects of trickle down behaviour, especially as it relates to those in positions of power in all our detention facilities.

Recent Comments by Hal Duell

Manison: No slash and burn approach to fiscal emergency
Will this welcome move towards fiscal responsibility include scraping boutique projects like a redundant art gallery and yet another sports ground in Alice?

Benedict Stevens happy to talk about gallery location
Does anyone else wonder at the apparent contradiction of the two leading stories currently on this site?
In the first, the NT is sitting on the bones of its arse and heading to Canberra to beg for a bail-out.
In the second, a gallery is proposed that will cost at least $50 million with another $30 million needed to build a new sporting ground.
Wouldn’t the adage of if you’re in a hole, stop digging, apply here?

Not us and them. Just us, says Cr Melky.
When walking around Alice the range of humanity present is so obvious.
It makes me realise that we all come from somewhere and that there is exactly bugger-all any of us can do to change that.
But we’re all here now. So let’s just get over it and get on with it.

Aboriginal gallery: rushed business case yet immediate start?
Ah, Edan, as tantalising as a scoop neckline at the Saturday dance.

Former gallery advisor scathing about its planners
Earth Creation gone. National Indigenous Art Gallery going.
It’s possible to imagine this government’s favorite cultural event would be the unveiling of a new season’s lawnmowers.

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