The public outcries come and go but the broken and ruined lives of Aboriginal children in detention in NT and WA continue to mount up. Gerry Georgatos warns the toll may eventually become insurmountable.
AT DON Dale juvenile detention centre, a 15-year-old orphaned Aboriginal boy took his life only days after being locked up for committing $90 worth of “crimes”. How many Australians know about Johnny Warramarrba? Johnny’s mother died when he was a baby. His dad was killed in a car accident when he was eleven. When he committed his less than $90 worth of “crimes” – the stealing of pens and stationery – his grandmother was seriously ill in Darwin Hospital.