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

    Statement from Attorney-General and Minister for Justice

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

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Statement from Attorney-General and Minister for Justice

    The Independent Review of Youth Detention in Queensland was initiated in 2016 by the Palaszczuk Government in response to allegations of abuse at the Cleveland and Brisbane Youth Detention Centres.

    On April 26 2017 we released this report publicly, shortly after I was presented with a final, redacted version.

    In response to community concerns, on May 9 2017 I announced that the Chief Inspector of Corrective Services, Samay Zhouand and Glenn Newton QC would examine the published report, to identify whether any further information could be released.

    As a result of this thorough examination, I am advised that an updated version of the report can be released publicly. It can be accessed here.

    As Mr Zhouand explains in his response, the previous approach to the redactions was understandable, given the importance and complexity of the issues under consideration.

    It is important to note that these updates do not change our government’s response or commitment to action, as the government response was always based on the full report. On April 26, the Palaszczuk Government announced we had accepted all of the report’s recommendations to improve practices and services and pointed out that many had already been addressed.

    We have also committed $6.2 million to implement recommendations and hire 53 new staff, to be deployed at Cleveland and Brisbane Youth Detention Centres, and in various programs within the department.

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