The Northern Territory's Country Liberal Party has embraced an inspirational story of redemption about the Don Dale detention centre despite a royal commission being called into the territory's juvenile justice system following shocking allegations against the facility.
The Facebook video was made for a crocodile park in the NT, which is run by one of the Country Liberal Party's candidates Giovanna Webb.
The Don Dale centre became the focus of international attention last week after footage emerged of boys being teargassed in cells during an escape attempt at the facility in 2014.
A Four Corners investigation showed young inmates being "tortured", including footage of them being stripped naked and kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day. Four Corners also published footage of one young man being strapped to a chair by his arms and neck with his face covered by a spit hood, in images reminiscent of Guantanamo Bay.
In the wake of the program and the announcement of a royal commission into the NT juvenile justice system, chief minister Adam Giles wrote an open letter to the NT News blaming "parental love for children" for the situation.
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