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D'Ath defends Qld youth justice again

AAP logoAAP 18/08/2016 By Jamie McKinnell

Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath has again defended the state's youth justice system following unrest at a Townsville youth detention centre.

Ms D'Ath said the six-hour incident at the Cleveland Youth Detention Centre last weekend would be the subject of an investigation.

But she insisted it was "de-escalated" without the use of force.

"Taking a confrontational course may have resulted in potentially more property damage, and maybe even injuries to staff or the children involved," she told state parliament on Thursday.

"It clearly demonstrates to the children, some of whom would have seen so much physical confrontation in their lives, that physical confrontation is not the only way to resolve a situation."

A spokesman from the Department of Justice said the disturbance involved a number of young inmates who became "non-compliant and refused to return to their cells".

"No staff or young people were injured as a result of the incident. However, a small amount of property damage did occur," the spokesman said.

"Youth Justice Queensland has always had a policy that force is used as a last resort, this has not changed."

Ms D'Ath has been forced to defend the state's youth justice system in response to calls to extend the Northern Territory's royal commission into the treatment of young prisoners to Queensland.

Her renewed defence of the Queensland system came as CCTV images emerged showing five guards at the Townsville facility holding a young boy face down, handcuffed and ankle-cuffed, on the floor.

The ABC reported the boy was also stripped naked and left alone in isolation for more than an hour during the 2013 incident.

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