Plenty of money in NT for youth reforms: PM

Malcolm Turnbull won't commit federal money to fix the Northern Territory's youth justice system.
Malcolm Turnbull won't commit federal money to fix the Northern Territory's youth justice system.

Malcolm Turnbull has rejected suggestions his government should be contributing to the cost of fixing the Northern Territory's infamous youth justice and protection systems.

The prime minister ordered a royal commission after ABC TV aired confronting footage of children in detention being abused including in restraint chairs but has not agreed to add to the $229 million the Territory government has committed to implement recommendations.

"The Royal Commission made very clear that shortage of money was not the issue, there was plenty of money available for the Territory to do its job and provide proper child protection services, the issue was how the money was spent," Mr Turnbull told reporters in Alice Springs on Wednesday.

Australian Associated Press

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