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Are Canberra’s indigenous kids the worst?

By johnboy 30 April 2013 4


The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare have released Youth justice in Australia 2011–12: an overview and for better or worse kids in Canberra seem to be spending more time in care than elsewhere, with our indigenous numbers particularly striking.

In general Tasmania seems to lock up children the most, but why are we next?

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DrKoresh 11:20 am 01 May 13

Wouldn’t it mostly be because we probably have a much better system of welfare and child-protection than the other states? We have such a small territory and population that I assume it’s a lot easier to track the welfare of indigenous kids in the A.C.T, wouldn’t that likely explain it?

Ben_Dover 10:54 am 01 May 13

In general Tasmania seems to lock up children the most, but why are we next?

We’re affluent.

Mav 9:36 am 01 May 13

I don’t think so, I have lived in the NT for over 30 years and I can tell you that Indigenous children are far more prone to being mistreated and left to their own devises. Canberra has nowhere near the problems that the NT has and it is definitely getting worse in the NT every year.

deepsouf 3:14 am 01 May 13

Close to half our local homeless population is under 25. Poverty breeds crime, etc.

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