The Independent Member for Clark, Kristie Johnston, said that it is impossible for the Attorney-General to guarantee the safety of children at Ashely Youth Detention Centre, and therefore it must be closed immediately.
“Whatever the cost and inconvenience, this hell-hole must be closed without any delay,” Ms Johnston said.
“Surely, the first test of an ethical, civil society, is the fair and caring treatment of its most vulnerable.
“For goodness sake, these are children we’re dealing with and their care must trump everything.”
Ms Johnston said closing Ashley must occur in tandem with raising the age of criminal responsibility from ten to 14 years.
“Ashley is a mess. It fails children. It fails us.
“Close it down now.”