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Advocates hope Australia's ratification of OPCAT will help prevent incidents like what happened at Don Dale detention centre. Image: ABC

Yesterday the Attorney General George Brandis announced Australia would become a party to the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture.

If that goes ahead, prisons and detention centres around the country will be overseen by national and international inspectors.

Senator Brandis said the system will encourage improvement of the treatment of prisoners and detainees around the country and will not seek to “name and shame” those who do wrong.

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