“Last night’s Four
Corners showed the brutality and harm our young people are
subjected to every day. It’s good that these things were caught on
camera and revealed but imagine for just one second the abuses that
happen out of sight.
When a child or young person is tortured the pain and damage does not end there. This torture becomes a psychological life sentence in the form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which has devastating consequences for the individuals, families, communities and society as a whole. Do they think they can torture kids and keep them in solitary confinement for days and weeks without terrible consequences?
Whitestream politicians love to go on law and order crusades, bringing in more punitive and draconian laws like paperless arrests and indefinite or mandatory detention, because it’s a vote winner and they want to sweep the damage they are doing under the carpet. Don’t think for a second this kind of thing only happens in dictatorships, or at Guantanamo or in offshore detention centres. The gruesome history of places like Rottnest Island is more than a lot of privileged people can handle and many would be happy for the genocidal status quo to stay in place, because they think it doesn’t affect them.”