Suicide prevention researcher Gerry Georgatos has said Western Australia is in the midst of a "catastrophic human rights situation" following the suicide of a 10-year-old Aboriginal girl.
Georgatos said: "The further west you go on this continent the worse it gets. The arrest rates, the jailing rates, the homeless rates, acute poverty, the self-harm rates, the suicide rates. Western Australia is the mother of all those statistics."
"The youngest suicide I've seen is 8 years of age, and I'm aware of several 9-year-olds," he said. "Just before Christmas, I came out of a community that buried three children in five days."
Morton has said that the state government has been successful in reducing the numbers of youth suicides over the past five years.
Formerly with BuzzFeed News, Allan Clarke is a NITV reporter based in Sydney.
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