Children and Youth

Fix Youth Justice

The youth justice system in Western Australia is broken – and the WA Government has repeatedly failed to commit to fixing it. Children should only ever be imprisoned as an absolutely last resort. And yet the WA Government continues to lock up children as young as ten – both boys and girls – at the state’s only youth justice detention facility, Banksia Hill Detention Centre.

CRIMINAL LAW AMENDMENT (UNCERTAIN DATES) BILL 2019

Second Reading

Resumed from 25 November.

HON ALISON XAMON (North Metropolitan) [10.28 am]: I will continue my remarks from yesterday, when I was addressing the problem of uncertain dates in four particular scenarios. The four sets of provisions that I outlined are not mutually exclusive. They can operate together when necessary—for example, if there is uncertainty about both the date of the offence and the age of the victim at the time the offence was committed.

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