Two-thirds of kids targeted by Queensland crime crackdown are Indigenous

Indigenous children made up almost two-thirds of more than 300 young offenders the Queensland government labelled “hard nuts” in its $38 million crackdown on youth crime, which was pushed through Parliament last week.

Advocates say the figure highlights the disproportionate impact the new laws will have on the Indigenous community amid a national discussion about its over-representation in the justice system 30 years on from a landmark royal commission.

A Youth Justice Department spokeswoman says work is being done with communities and their leaders to deliver a range of culturally responsive programs to prevent and respond to youth crime.

In response to a parliamentary question on notice, Youth Justice Minister Leanne Linard said the…

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