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Greens call on Attorney-General, Youth Minister, to lead delegation to Magill Training Centre

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has called on the federal Attorney-General and Youth Minister to convene an emergency delegation of youth, health and human rights advocates to tour a heavily criticised juvenile detention facility in South Australia to view its conditions first-hand.

During this afternoon’s Senate Question Time, Senator Hanson-Young questioned Senator Penny Wong, as the Minister representing the Attorney-General in the Senate, about the Magill Training Centre juvenile detention facility in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs, which was described by a United Nations youth representative as a “living children’s rights abuse hell”.

“The Greens call on Minister Ellis and Attorney-General McClelland to lead a delegation of youth and human rights advocates wanting to access the facility, to see the conditions for themselves, and ensure that the rights of the young detainees are not being violated,” said Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson for Youth and Human Rights.

“Minister for Youth, Kate Ellis, has previously acknowledged that she understands concerns about the Magill Training Centre, and that it is in definite need of an overhaul.

“Minister Wong, representing the Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, today admitted that his office too is aware of the serious concerns.

“It is disgraceful that the appalling conditions at Magill Training Centre have had to come to the attention of the Attorney-General – the minister responsible for making sure that Australia is upholding the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Child.

“The South Australian and Federal Governments are on notice over the Magill Training Centre.”

Senator Hanson-Young told the Senate about the lack of privacy and poor training and rehabilitation options troubling Magill Training Centre.

“The Greens will continue to stand up for the rights of young people, whether they have committed offences or not, and speak out the need for humane conditions in juvenile detention,” she said.

“If young people do need to be detained, then this time should be used to assist with their long-term development and rehabilitation.

“I have requested to visit the Magill Training Centre myself, and hope to be able to access the facility soon to see first-hand the conditions there.”

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