QATSICPP Response to Strengthening Community Safety Bill 2023.
Yesterday QATSICPP CEO Garth Morgan appeared before the Queensland Parliament’s Economics and Governance Committee to provide QATSICPP’s views on the recently introduced Strengthening Community Safety Bill.
This follows our submission to the committee last Friday, which opposed measures in the Bill that have a high potential to increase the numbers of young people in detention and watchhouses.
We want to strengthen responses to our young people’s concerning trauma-based behaviours and we are concerned that the proposed changes will not be effective in increasing community safety and will just lead to more young mob being in custody for longer and getting caught in the cycle of re-offending.
At yesterday’s hearing Garth highlighted data and evidence about how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people’s lives are disproportionately by punitive measures in the youth justice system, and the need for First Nations people to be resourced to lead solutions in early intervention and restorative justice.