Youth justice facilities (11.11.2015)

Written on the 12 November 2015


11 November 2015

COUNCIL 

Adjournment 

GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)

 

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Families and Children, and I am glad she is in the chamber this evening.

 

As shadow ministers, stakeholders and the community expect us to be accessible and to understand the issues within our respective portfolio areas. The Minister for Families and Children and I, as the minister's shadow, have are a number of stakeholders we need to meet with on a regular basis in relation to my area of family violence and women's affairs.

One important area that the minister and I, as her shadow, have responsibility for is the area of youth justice. The former government did a considerable amount of work in this important area, including the expansion of the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre and the highly successful Parkville College education facility, and I have heard very good reports from a number of people within the legal fraternity about the successful outcomes for those young people who have been accessing that education facility.

I have been wanting to visit these facilities to see how they work and operate. I have written to the minister on a number of occasions requesting that a visit to the facilities be facilitated. I wrote to the minister in July and received no response. I wrote to the minister again in August and received an email from the minister's office stating that an attempt would be made to organise a visit to the facilities that would cause the least disruption to the young people and staff at the facilities.

I respect and understand this and I am not questioning it, but there have been a number of issues within the youth facilities lately, including last weekend when there was an outbreak in the Parkville centre.

My request is still outstanding.

The action I seek from the minister is that the letters and requests that I have continually directed to the minister be acted upon. I find it quite disrespectful that I have not been given the courtesy of receiving a proper response in relation to my request. I am very pleased that the minister is in the chamber tonight to hear my concerns during the adjournment debate, and I look forward to being able to visit both of those facilities.


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