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Australians were rightly ashamed last week to see the Four Corners program on brutality against children at the Don Dale Detention Centre in the Northern Territory. Yes, it is to our credit as a people that we can feel national disgust at this and establish a Royal Commission to report on what we need to do about it.
But it is not to our credit that we can have so many commissions of enquiry over the years—in this case even into the very same problem at the very same institution—and not achieve any permanent institutional change.
Read the full blog post on John Braithwaite’s blog War.crime.regulation