Chief Minister Questions Whether Don Dale Four Corners Program Was A Labor Plot

    The Country Liberal leader raised the question as the NT government reportedly prepares to counter-sue a group of teenage boys who were tear-gassed in detention.

    The Northern Territory chief minister has reportedly suspending legal action against the boys who were gassed in their cells during the incident at the centre of the juvenile detention crisis.

    ABC Four Corners

    ABC News reported on Friday that the NT is seeking $160,000 in damages from two of the boys who were involved in an escape attempt from the Don Dale facility in 2014.

    But Giles has told Sky News he'll stop the legal proceedings.

    A lawsuit is already being prepared against the Northern Territory on behalf of some of the boys who were tear-gassed and physically harmed by guards at the facility.

    Meanwhile, Northern Territory chief minister Adam Giles has raised the suggestion that the Four Corners program on Monday that exposed the incident was part of a Labor plot ahead of next month's Territory election.

    MIX 104.9 FM

    During a heated exchange on Darwin's Mix 104.9 FM, Giles asked, "how many lawyers on the Four Corners show were members of the Labor party?"

    The host of the show asked for clarification from the Country Liberal leader: "Sorry can we come back to that lawyer comment, is that suggestion that the Four Corners program and those allegations are politically motivated?"

    Giles replied, "I am not making any suggestions, I want to focus on the kids. When I get attacked about politics, when I am trying to do the right thing here by fixing the system, I am going to fight back."

    NT Labor has told BuzzFeed News that none of the people involved in the program are Labor members.

    Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

    Contact Mark Di Stefano at mark.distefano@buzzfeed.com.

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