Residents had requested he visit following child protection crisis and struggles with poor services

Malcolm Turnbull will spend Sunday night in an outback town which has become the focus of the Northern Territory child protection crisis, after a two-year-old girl was sexually assaulted five months ago.

Last month Guardian Australia reported local residents and traditional owners in Tennant Creek had urged Turnbull to visit, following their long-running struggle with social issues, a number of traumatic deaths, and poor services.

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