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Questions Day 2 - Wednesday 26 February 1992



Questions Day 2 - Wednesday 26 February 1992

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Parliamentary Record 8


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QUESTIONS - Wednesday 26 February 1992 Juvenile Crime Workshop Mr McCarthy to MINISTER for CORRECTIONAL SERVICES I understand that the Department of Correctional Services proposes to run a juvenile crime workshop at the end of this month. Will the minister give details of the scope of this workshop and who is expected to attend it? ANSWER Mr Speaker, I thank the member for Goyder for his question. This has been a long-term interest of his, an interest that has been shared by all members on this side of the House. I guess that is best illustrated by this government's initiatives to deal with the problem of juvenile crime, though that is not to say that those initiatives have fulfilled all of the needs of the community. There are outstanding matters which need to be addressed. Certainly, the level of juvenile crime in the community still requires specific attention, and I hope that the workshop to which the honourable member refers will go a long way towards fulfilling that requirement. The Department of Correctional Services has convened a workshop on juvenile crime in response to the high levels of community concern about the issue. The workshop will be held on 28 February at the Winnellie Training Centre of the Department of Correctional Services. It will be chaired by Lyn Keogh who is the department's Director of Probation, Parole and Juvenile Justice, and it will focus on a number of issues related to juvenile crime. These include the causes of youth crime, whether it is a growing problem and whether there is more that government and non-government agencies could be doing to reduce juvenile crime levels. I am pleased to say that there has been an enthusiastic response from the agencies which were invited to participate in the workshop. I am surprised that the Leader of the Opposition is not paying a little more attention to what I am saying because the Deputy Leader of the Opposition has foreshadowed sin opposition motion on the subject. I am pleased to see some interest shown finally by members opposite in relation to this problem. Every government initiative in relation to juvenile crime has been soundly rebutted and opposed by members opposite. That is an absolute disgrace. Members opposite have not supported any of the initiatives introduced by this government to combat juvenile crime. The current level of interest shown by the member for Wanguri is welcome indeed. Although it is a little late, I hope that it translates into a rather more support for the government's initiatives. Members will be interested to know details of the groups which have agreed to attend the training centre workshop. I point out that some organisations are sending a number of representatives. Participating groups include Palmerston Welfare, the Red Cross, the Department of Law, Magistrates Chambers, the Red Cross Youth Lookout, the Tardis Drop In Centre, Casey House, the Katherine Community Aid Panel, the Northern Territory Police Force, Boystown from Queensland, the headmaster of the Don Dale School at the Don Dale Juvenile Detention Centre, Katherine Skillshare, Northern Territory Legal Aid, Driver Neighbourhood Watch, the Employment and Training Authority and Anglicare. Following the workshop, the department proposes to publish a paper aimed detailing the size and the nature of the problem and recommending ways of addressing it further. I am sure that this will prove a valuable tool in the government's continuing efforts to address the juvenile crime problem. 680

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