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Juvenile justice joust at forum

Diane Hamilton tells the candidates forum at CQUniversity she believes in naming and shaming juvenile offenders as part of the solution to juvenile crime.
Diane Hamilton tells the candidates forum at CQUniversity she believes in naming and shaming juvenile offenders as part of the solution to juvenile crime. Allan Reinikka

SOLUTIONS to juvenile justice problems in Rockhampton were flowing at yesterday's Capricorn Enterprise Candidates Forum.

Candidates for the seats of Keppel, Mirani and Rockhampton were invited to share their views on a number of topics - one of these being juvenile justice, with only Rockhampton candidates answering.

Independent candidate Bruce Diamond said Queensland needed to change the legislation which allowed for maximum sentencing.

"The problem is very few magistrates hand out maximum sentences, so my theory is we should introduce mandatory minimum sentencing," he said.

LNP candidate Gavin Finch said the LNP had developed a policy that was all about boot camps.

"One of the things about youth is that one of their issues is that they are stealing petrol, paint and glues. And that's their high," he said.

"And part of the rehabilitation must be to get those kids back on track and they've got to get off these substances they are abusing.

"When you are dealing with children you need the stick and the carrot.

"These kids need to understand what they've done wrong, but they also need love.

"Without love they'll never go forward."

Independent candidate Chris Hooper's solution was to take them bush.

Independent candidate Diane Hamilton said parents needed to be part of the solution and wondered how they would feel if their child's name was made public if they committed a crime.

"I believe that naming and shaming these young people, is firstly, what is important," she said.

Labor candidate Bill Byrne said there had been some success with Labor initiatives in recent times.

"This is a complex public policy issue, one that requires ... adult considered responses."

Topics:  juvenile crime rockhampton



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