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Qld crossbench considers youth justice law

AAP logoAAP 31/10/2016 Jamie McKinnell

Legislation to remove 17-year-olds from Queensland's adult jails will be debated in the hung parliament this week.

Labor has said the change has been in the "too hard basket" for too long, however, the Liberal National Party (LNP) opposition remains concerned about the government's lack of a transitional plan.

Last week, a committee examining the bill tabled its report and non-government members said they would not support the legislation.

Katter's Australian Party MPs Rob Katter and Shane Knuth on Monday night met with other key crossbenchers to consider their position.

As a group, the north Queensland bloc - which also includes Cairns MP Rob Pyne and Cook MP Billy Gordon - may decide the fate of the bill.

Mr Pyne said he would reserve his right to make any amendments.

"You do need to plan it out and think it out and have the right services available," he told AAP ahead of the meeting.

"Just as we don't want 17-year-olds in adult prisons, we don't want 12-year-olds around 17-year-olds who have potential to inflict similar harm on them.

"There needs to be proper rehabilitation options that protect all parties."

The House will also debate legislation on major sporting facilities and changes to adoption laws.

There remains only three sitting weeks left in 2016.

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