Legislative Council: Tuesday, May 02, 2023


Juvenile Incarceration Rates

The Hon. C. BONAROS (14:51): Supplementary: can the Attorney confirm that he and indeed the minister in the other place would be equally concerned about the long length of time that children are spending in remand at the centre, with some examples of 11 and 12 year olds spending over 130 days on remand at the centre.

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (14:52): I thank the honourable member for her question and absolutely, yes, and not just on remand but, yes, particularly on remand. If there is an alternative to a child being detained, we would like to see how that would work and the consequence it would have for making the community safer.

It's a matter I have talked to the judicial members of the Youth Court about, as well as my colleague the Hon. Nat Cook, and I can assure the member we will be doing what we can to make sure that children aren't unnecessarily detained, and where there are circumstances like the honourable member has mentioned (on remand for long periods of time) that we work to reduce those.