The Royal Commission into abuse in the Northern Territory is an important announcement to ensure that no kids in the NT have to go through the disgusting abuse that those boys went through. Having youth detention on the COAG agenda to elevate this issue to the national priority it deserves to be is a hugely important step to protect children across Australia.

Now we need to make sure that ending the abuse stays on the agenda. State and federal governments need to work together on a national plan to end the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in detention within a generation.

We need to keep the pressure on our Federal MPs, so that the courage that it took these children to speak out against their horrific abuse in detention can lead to lasting national change.