Alice Springs action group still waiting for NT Royal Commission report

It’s been almost two weeks since the final Royal Commission report was published, but an Alice Springs group say they still haven’t received hard copies of the document necessary for those without internet access in the Northern Territory.

Originally scheduled for release in September, the final report of Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory—sparked by a Four Corners report into youth detention in the state—was tabled in Parliament on November 17 after three delays.

Hilary Tyler, a member of Shut Youth Prisons Mparntwe, told 4ZZZ members have been “running around writing summaries and printing out bits and pieces here and there,” Hilary Tyler told 4ZZZ, but “none of us have access to the actual report in hard copy.”

“We made phone calls to the politicians on the day saying ‘how can we get some copies’ and they said it’s not going to be available for at least a week—and we still haven’t received any copies.”

“This is an issue for people who don’t have access to computers and want to read through the reports… it could be closer to people on the ground, yeah?” Tyler said.

The report is currently available to download from the Royal Commission’s website, as are audio overviews in 17 Aboriginal languages.

In a statement to 4ZZZ, the Commission acknowledged that access to the report would be difficult for those without internet, and was “awaiting further delivery this week of hard copies of the six-volume report.”

“Our community engagement team has [Tuesday] delivered hard copies of the report to a wide range of stakeholder organisations around Alice Springs and the library.” 

“The Royal Commission has also responded to requests from individuals and organisations for copies of the report and is in the process of mailing these out.”

Tyler spoke to 4ZZZ about the report’s recommendations and new plans to deploy part of the national counter-terrorism taskforce to Darwin and Alice Springs to reduce crime during the Christmas period.


Image: Wikimedia Commons. Alice Springs.
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