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Qld youth justice review done by November

AAP logoAAP 19/08/2016

Two appointees will be given three months to oversee an independent review into Queensland's youth justice system and report back to Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath.

Ms D'Ath has consistently defended Queensland's youth justice system since a royal commission was announced into allegations young people were abused in the Northern Territory's facilities.

There have been calls for the royal commission to be extended to Queensland.

Ms D'Ath says she is restricted by law from responding to allegations of wrong doing in the state system in "any meaningful way".

"I believe it is important to put these allegations to bed," she said on Friday.

"The focus (of the review) will firmly be on the practices, operation and oversight of Queensland's youth detention centres, specifically referring to the allegations raised last night."

Amnesty International has claimed there exists a systemic "culture of abuse and secrecy" within youth detention in Queensland and released CCTV images showing alleged mistreatment in facilities, including Townsville's Cleveland Youth Detention Centre.

A former inmate, 17-year-old Russell Johnston, also spoke out on the ABC this week about frequent torment by guards, regular bashings and racial abuse.

"I have confidence in our system and our youth justice system, but I need to make sure that the community has confidence in our system." Ms D'Ath said.

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