Youth justice in Queensland: wrong way, turn back

On 16 February 2024 Greg Barnes SC delivered a keynote speech to the Queensland Branch of the Australian Lawyers Alliance Annual Conference analysing youth justice issues in Queensland, including:

  • suspension of the Human Rights Act 2019 to allow detention of children who breach bail in the Stregthening Community Safety Act 2023 (Qld) – an Act that is Orwellian in its title’s deception; and
  • laws allowing children to be held in police cells.

A copy of his speech is available at this link.