Youth boot camp trial on track

28 Nov 2012 2:50 PMJann Stuckey

28 November 2012

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP has congratulated the Newman Government for the passage of the Youth Boot Camp (Justice Orders) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 through parliament.

Speaking in State Parliament last night Ms Stuckey voiced her strong support for the Attorney-General in bringing this bill before the house that provides the necessary legislative amendments to introduce the boot camp order.

“The passage of this bill fulfils yet another pre-election commitment of the Newman Government with its primary objective to stop the cycle of youth violence by providing young offenders a real chance at rehabilitation,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Two youth boot camp initiatives will be trialled in Queensland in early 2013. One will be an early intervention camp on the Gold Coast and the other a sentenced boot camp order in Cairns.

“The Kokoda Challenge Association has been awarded the tender to run the Gold Coast program focused on identifying young people who are considered to be at risk of entering the criminal justice system.

“Intervention via a boot camp is designed to prevent these young people making wrong decisions that could lead them down a less than desirable path, one that could jeopardise their options and opportunities for their future. 

“These measures go hand in hand with character forming essentials such as good parenting, community support, and a solid education to provide a comprehensive approach to youth crime.

“The Newman Government is totally committed to helping our young people by instigating creative solutions that provide practical support and teach life skills for the youth of our state.

“This legislation is a genuine step in the right direction in curbing the systemic problem of repeat child offenders in Queensland.”

For further information on the youth boot camps visit:
http://www.justice.qld.gov.au/youth-justice/youth-boot-camps-general-information

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Link to the debate, begins bottom page 101
http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/hansard/2012/2012_11_27_DAILY.pdf