PROBLEMS: About 50 17- year-olds are set to transition into the centres from adult jails by November.
PROBLEMS: About 50 17- year-olds are set to transition into the centres from adult jails by November. Richard Ross

Sobering reminder of daily dangers

Our youth detention crisis

FOLLOWING a speech I made in Parliament last week about the state's youth detention crisis, there was, on cue, another lockdown at the Brisbane centre.

Young detainees had climbed on the roof and refused to come down.

Under Annastacia Palaszczuk, our youth detention centres have descended into chaos with regular lockdowns and riots.

The damage bill since Labor took office is approaching $1 million.

Don't forget, these are places where troubled youth are sent to learn the error of their ways and get their lives back on track. How will that ever happen when staff are powerless and there is no control or system of order? One staff member was reported as describing the situation as being like a war zone. Add to that the fact that around 50 17- year-olds are set to transition into the centres from adult jails by November and what is already an extremely volatile environment is set to get worse.

Staff at the centres have been assaulted and fear for their safety. Morale must be at an all-time low.

No wonder 30 per cent of a 600-page report outlining the issues in our centres was covered up by Labor's attorney-general. Labor doesn't want the truth to get out. It's time for Ms Palaszczuk to show some leadership and appoint a minister who can sort out the mess and get the system back on track.

This is too important not to get right.

Ian Walker MP

Shadow Attorney-General



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