Courier Mail | 7 May 2013 | Renee Viellaris
THE Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie has been derided for considering laws that will send more youths to detention at the time the State Government is trying to save money.
Youth Affairs Network of Queensland director Siyavash Doostkhah said he would like to see Mr Bleijie "sitting next to the Premier (Campbell Newman) and the Treasurer (Tim Nicholls) when he flags removing the principle of detention as the last resort.
"Are we going to build more detention centres?'' Mr Doostkhah said.
"They are already full.''
The Government has been cutting services and culling public servants to save money.
Mr Doostkhah said Mr Bleijie should be more concerned that youths were more likely to be victims of crime rather than perpetrators.
Queensland Council for Civil Liberties vice-president Terry O'Gorman has challenged the Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie to provide evidence that youth crime was out of control.