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The Northern Territory has the highest youth suicide rate in Australia, leading to the launch of a parliamentary inquiry which will include three representatives of government. The parliament has heard that young men, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, are considered the most at risk for suicide, in what has been described as a 'silent crisis'.
Politicians say the welfare system is trapping young people in a downward spiral and contributing to the high rate of youth suicide. Minister for Central Australia, Karl Hampton, has told parliament it is time to act. 'Given the silent crisis that has been going on, it has to be dealt with as a matter of urgency,' he said.