THE Victorian Auditor-General has identified that the crisis in Victoria’s youth justice centres under the Andrews Labor Government has seen a reduction in rehabilitation services and that “youth detention has not been effectively promoting reduced reoffending”, says Shadow Minister for Families and Children Georgie Crozier.
In the damning report released this week, the Auditor-General confirmed that Victoria’s youth justice system is “a system under pressure, due to incidents at both sites in 2016 and 2017, which resulted in reduced accommodation and subsequent overcrowding.”
In one of Daniel Andrews’ darkest scandals, Brendan Murray, the former principal of Parkville College, said he was pressured by departmental officials to tell the Supreme Court hearing into Barwon Prison’s Grevillea unit that education could be adequately delivered despite his belief to the contrary.
The Auditor-General report confirms “PC (Parkville College) could not deliver VCAL and Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) programs at Grevillea because it was not an accredited campus.”
The VAGO report comes on the back of the release of Youth Justice Category 1 incident numbers for 2017/18 which show an alarming increase in the number of serious assaults and incidents occurring in Youth Justice centres in Victoria.
Since June 2017, the number of assaults has increased 77% and the number of other incidents (which includes self-harm and drug/alcohol offences) has increased 235%.
Since June 2015, the number of riots and serious incidents, commonly referred to as Category 1 offences, has increased 606%.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Families and Children, Georgie Crozier:
“Jenny Mikakos is under police investigation for her role in Labor’s rorting of taxpayer money.
“If she won’t stand down for being under police investigation, she should at least stand down for her gross incompetence of youth justice.
“From youth justice riots, to forced child marriages and failures in child protection, how many more chances will Daniel Andrews give to this Minister who is clearly out of her depth?”
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