Or­der to pro­duce pa­pers

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THE North­ern Ter­ri­tory Gov­ern­ment has been or­dered to hand over doc­u­ments to two for­mer Don Dale youth de­ten­tion cen­tre in­mates who al­lege they were abused.

The Fed­eral Court yes­ter­day or­dered the Gov­ern­ment give over doc­u­ments re­lat­ing to ap­point­ments of cer­tain staff at the cen­tre be­tween 2011 and 2016.

It also struck out parts of Dy­lan Jenk­ings and Aaron Hyde’s claim, in a case that has been be­fore the courts for al­most two years.

In re­main­ing parts, it is al­leged the men were sub­jected to abu­sive treat­ment in­clud­ing be­ing threat­ened, roughly treated, bashed, hand­cuffed or in­ap­pro­pri­ately held in iso­la­tion.

The class ac­tion cov­ers abuse com­mit­ted be­tween 2006 and 2017 in seven North­ern Ter­ri­tory youth de­ten­tion cen­tres, in­clud­ing Don Dale.

The ap­pli­cants claim that the mis­treat­ment arose out of ra­cial dis­crim­i­na­tion be­cause about 90 per cent of de­tainees were Abo­rig­i­nal or Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der.

The ac­tion, brought by Mau­rice Black­burn Lawyers, has been joined by more than 30 youths, but com­pen­sa­tion is be­ing sought for all young peo­ple mis­treated in de­ten­tion.

The North­ern Ter­ri­tory Gov­ern­ment ear­lier this year faced crit­i­cism for the slow progress of the case, with sev­eral le­gal is­sues aris­ing since it was filed in De­cem­ber 2016.

Don Dale De­ten­tion Cen­tre

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