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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Attorney-General orders independent review of Queensland Youth Detention Centres

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Friday, August 19, 2016

    Attorney-General orders independent review of Queensland Youth Detention Centres

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath has ordered an independent review be conducted into Queensland’s Youth Detention Centres.

    Mrs D’Ath said the review would help ensure Queenslanders can have confidence in the administration of youth justice in the state.

    “Since the revelations about youth detention policies in the Northern Territory last month, the Queensland Government has sought to address as openly and transparently as possible, issues raised publicly about Queensland’s own youth detention facilities,” said Mrs D’Ath.

    “Last night however, very serious allegations were levelled against the staff of youth detentions centres by former detainees and former employees.

    “The administration of youth justice is a complex and sensitive issue, which is designed at all times to protect the interests of the young people in its care.

    “Part of that protection is a prohibition on discussing details of young people in the youth justice system.

    “Without the express consent of individuals involved, including any former employees whose employment was terminated, I am unable to address in any meaningful way the substance of these allegations.

    “It is clear that while these allegations continue to be made and consent has not been provided to respond to them fully, an independent review is the appropriate mechanism to address all allegations that have been made and any additional allegations that may come forward.

    “As I have said repeatedly, if any other person is aware of any other allegations relating to Queensland youth detention centres, they should make a complaint to one of the agencies that has oversight of Queensland’s youth justice system now, so that they can also be examined as part of this review."

    The government will shortly release full terms of reference for the review, but the focus will be firmly on the practices, operation and oversight of Queensland’s Youth Detention Centres, specifically referring to the allegations raised last night.

    The review will report to the Attorney-General by November.

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