13 August 2019
The Gunner Labor Government has once again shown that it is making up its policies on Youth Justice as it goes along.
Deputy Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro said for three long years, Territorians have endured a string of bad decisions including the Pinelands site fiasco, only for Government to come back to square one.
"The Pinelands decision cost business owners great stress, time and money fighting the Government for seven months against its ill-conceived decision to relocate Don Dale in the middle of an industrial estate, opposite a residential area," Mrs Finocchiaro said.
"The Opposition has consistently called for the new facility to be built at Holtze near the adult prison, a call which was continuously rebuffed by the Government for being against the Royal Commission Recommendations and would create some sort of "pathway" between the youth detention centre and adult prison."
"Three long years, three monumental backflips being Pinelands, Holtze and no new facility for Alice Springs, and untold dollars have been spent by the Gunner Labor Government to land back where we started."
She said the question of costings for three years of back flipping, and whether youth justice would be given back to Corrections over Territory Families still remain unanswered.
"During a time of economic uncertainty, we don’t have the time or money to be spending on three years of indecision," she said.