Mick Gooda dismisses challenge to role in youth detention royal commission

Inquiry co-head rejects report former Northern Territory attorney general John Elferink will challenge his appointment over an allegedly biased tweet

Mick Gooda has used his opening address to the royal commission into the protection and detention of children to dismiss a reported challenge to his appointment by the former Northern Territory attorney general John Elferink.

It was standing room only at Darwin supreme court on Tuesday when Gooda and his co-commissioner, Margaret White, held the first hearing of the inquiry launched after the Four Corners broadcast of mistreatment inside NT juvenile detention, pledging engagement with the Indigenous community.

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