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How useless is the Human Rights Act? Ask the kids in Quamby

By 12 April 2005 4

For all those who thought the ACT Bill of Rights was a worthless piece of crap, serving only to stroke the Chief Minister’s ego at great expense and attempting to bind future government’s to his own “vision”, the Canberra Times has sad news on the state of the Quamby youth detention centre.

Canberra’s young offenders are serving time in a sub-standard corrections facility which breaches the ACT Government’s own Human Rights Act, but work will not start on a new centre until 2007.

If it’s a “right” that inmates be treated a certain way then it needs to be fixed now, today.

If it is not, then we should stop pretending it is. Now, Today.

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4 Responses to How useless is the Human Rights Act? Ask the kids in Quamby - 1 is blacklisted
#1
Apocalypse10:55 am, 13 Apr 05

Yeah… Hook them up with PS2′s and shit, so they have something to do with all that spare time.. I heard they built a jail in NSW with that sort of crap..

Juvenile Jail is what that place is.. its no ‘camp quality’.

im not bagging out the kids that do these things, that is their choice.. as for the mixing of a 13 year old girl and a 17 year old known for abuse against women… they shouldnt have mixed girls with the boys in the first place!! especially in the age catagory between 13 and 18. that is just asking for it if you ask me… i know of womens refuges available for girls like this.

I dont think it is as bad as the media beat it up to be. sure it may be bad. but there are surely avoidable circumstances involved

#2
RandomGit1:04 pm, 13 Apr 05

Ms Denley said all Quamby residents were safe at all times and Ms Gallagher paid tribute to the Quamby staff, who she said worked tirelessly in difficult conditions.

Thats my favourite. Why spend money when you can keep screwing the workers? They get by on lip service just fine.

I love it when comments like this summarising and comending a group of people is completely at odds with what that group of people are saying about their situation.

#3
johnboy9:37 pm, 13 Apr 05

The point is that by making a whole bunch of unachievable rights the equivalent of serious ones our government can the defer important things to 2007, or whenever is convenient.

this is not the nature of a true inalienable right.

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