Former QLD judge appointed to juvenile detention Commission

UPDATE: THE Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda and former Queensland Supreme Court Justice Margaret White have been appointed as the new heads of the Royal Commission into the Northern Territory's youth detention system.  

The announcement comes after Brian Martin quit from the top job earlier today after declaring a perceived conflict of interest - his daughter worked for the Labor Attorney-General for part of time-frame the Commission will examine. 



EARLIER: THE judge chosen to head up the Royal Commission into the juvenile corrections system in the Northern Territory has resigned over a perceived conflict of interest.

Brian Martin was a judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia before being appointed the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory - a position he held from 2004 until 2010. 

However, he decided to resign from his position on the Royal Commission in question citing the fact his daughter worked for the Attorney-General of the Northern Territory in 2010. 

However Mr Martin said the decision did not imply that he doubted his own ability to remain impartial.

"Nor does it imply that I accept that there is or would be a reasonable apprehension of bias," he told News Limited.

"Secondly, my decision to resign is solely my initiative only. My resignation does not imply any criticism of the Government, Prime Minister or the Attorney-General." 

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