Anti-Gang Legislation Is Simply A Toothless Tiger

Anti-Gang Legislation Is Simply A Toothless Tiger

Northern Territory Shadow Minister for Corrections John Elferink

Juvenile Justice Figures

Victor P Taffa

The failure of the Territory Labor Government to provide the Federal Government with the number of juveniles detained in detention in the Territory is another example of the culture of cover-up that pervades this arrogant administration.

The Northern Territory failed to provide the number of juveniles in detention and under supervision for the Australian Government’s Juvenile justice in Australia 2008–09 Interim report.

“Minister McCarthy must explain why the Territory Government decided to withhold this information from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.” John Elferink, Shadow Minister for Corrections said today.

“I suspect the Minister decided to withhold the figures because they highlight the ongoing failure of the justice system in the Territory.”

The Institute’s previous report showed the Territory has the highest juvenile detention rate in Australia.

There was some variation in the Detention Rate between the States and Territories.

The rate of young people in Detention ranged from 0.1 per 1,000 in Victoria to 1.3 in the Northern Territory for an average day and from 0.7 per 1,000 in Victoria to 5.0 in the Northern Territory during the year (Table 5.4). (Juvenile justice in Australia 2007–08, p60)

“There has been a breakdown in respect for the law in the Territory as a consequence of Labor’s failed justice policies.” Mr. Elferink said.

“Too many juvenile offenders have no fear of detention in the Territory.”

“The Country Liberal’s have long supported establishing a tough boot camp to make young offenders think twice before breaking the law.” Mr. Elferink said.

“Labor’s anti-gang legislation isn’t worth the paper it is written on and the Family Responsibility Orders are as rare as hen’s teeth.”

“The Australian Institute’s of Health and Welfare’s motto of ‘Better Information and statistics for better health and wellbeing’ clearly doesn’t apply in the Northern Territory.” Mr. Elferink said.