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Prison, Barbed-Wire Fence

Greens Celebrate Ashley Youth Detention Centre Closure

On behalf of the Greens and the children of lutruwita/Tasmania, I thank Peter Gutwein for making the long-needed decision to close Ashley Youth Detention Centre

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Sep 2021


Prison, Barbed-Wire Fence

Roger Jaensch: Hapless or Heartless?

In Question Time today, we asked the Minister for Human Services, about two very serious allegations, relating to Ashley Youth Detention Centre.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Mar 2021


Prison, Barbed-Wire Fence

Custodial Inspector’s Report Confirms Ashley Must Close

Another Custodial Inspector report, another swathe of critical failures at Ashley Youth Detention Centre (AYCD) have been exposed. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Mar 2021


Magistrates Court

Estimates Reply – Attorney-General Archer

It is a deeply concerning allegation that children are going to night courts and appearing before a justice of the peace or a bench justice and a prosecutor.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 Dec 2020


Magistrates Court

Attorney-General and Justice – Ashley Youth Detention Centre

A disproportionate number of young people are sent to remand at Ashley Youth Detention Centre outside the normal operating hours of the Magistrates Court.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Nov 2020


Prison, Barbed-Wire Fence

Ashley Youth Detention Centre - Calls for Closure

The Government ignored the advice in the independent expert Noetic report to close Ashley Youth Detention Centre.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  19 Nov 2020


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Ashley Youth Detention Centre - Allegations Against Senior Staff Member

We have information that a senior staff member at the Ashley Youth Detention Centre has recently been stood down.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  19 Nov 2020


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Elise Archer Should Know Prison is No Place for a Child

Tasmania’s Attorney General, Elise Archer, chaired a meeting of her federal, state and territory counterparts yesterday which again failed Australian children.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Jul 2020


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Government Must Act Urgently on Youth Strip Searches

Information obtained by the Examiner newspaper shows invasive strip searches of children and young people are continuing at high levels.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  30 Jun 2020


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Alternatives to Ashley

The Tasmanian Greens believe that Ashley Youth Detention Centre should be closed and replaced with two purpose-built therapeutic facilities.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  29 Jan 2018


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Youth Justice System

Cassy discusses the Minister's responsibility for a redacted Youth Custodial Services report in the adjournment.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 Oct 2019


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Ashley Youth Detention Centre Report Redactions

Cassy O'Connor questions the Minister for Human Services over redactions in a youth custodial justice report.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 Oct 2019


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Liberals' Clumsy Attempts to Cover Up Ashley Scandal

The Liberals have attempted, and failed, to redact some of the shameful results of an independent inspection of Ashley Youth Detention Centre.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Oct 2019


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Commissioner for Children's Advice on Strip Searches

We welcome the Commissioner for Children and Young People’s advice to government on strip searches of children and young people.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  7 May 2019


Four Young People Sitting on Ledge

Youth At Risk Strategy Undermined by 'Tough on Crime' Liberals

The Tasmanian Greens welcome the belated release of the government's Youth at Risk Strategy.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Jun 2017


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Tasmanian Youth Justice Highest Rates of Assault and Self Harm

Today’s ROGs chapter on youth justice exposes a harsh approach to youth justice in Tasmania and reinforces the need to close Ashley Youth Detention Centre.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Jan 2017


Four Young People Sitting on Ledge

Greens Release Costed Plan to Close Ashley

The evidence is clear that Ashley represents a failed model for youth justice.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Sep 2016


Four Young People Sitting on Ledge

Ashley Review Builds Case for Closure

The Independent Review of Ashley Youth Detention Centre makes it clear the model for dealing with young offenders in Tasmania has failed.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Sep 2016


Four Young People Sitting on Ledge

Ashley Youth Detention Centre

The Greens recognise that the Minister and her agency have taken this matter very seriously.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Aug 2016