767. Hon ALISON XAMON to the minister representing the Minister for Corrective Services:
I refer to the proposal to move girls and young women out of Banksia Hill Detention Centre, and to the minister’s response to my question without notice 257.
(1) Does the minister still intend to move girls and younger children to alternative accommodation?
(2) If yes to (1), where will they be moved and when will they be moved?
(3) If no to (1), why not?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following information has been provided by the Minister for Corrective Services.
(1) The department continues to explore multiple accommodation options for girls and younger children.
(2)–(3) This work remains in development and we are exploring options as part of the long-term custodial infrastructure plan and Kimberley juvenile justice strategy. This is a highly complex area and the department remains committed to providing the appropriate accommodation for all young people remanded in its care. Please note that the current Western Australian youth custodial figures are at 98, which is close to the lowest youth detention rate since September 2005.