Government’s decision to regazette Barwon an extraordinary act of bad faith

Government’s decision to regazette Barwon an extraordinary act of bad faith

The Government’s decision to regazette Barwon adult jail as a youth justice facility is an act of utter bad faith, say human rights lawyers.

Only yesterday the Victorian Court of Appeal upheld the Supreme Court’s decision that the Victorian Government acted unlawfully in gazetting Barwon adult prison as a youth justice facility.

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Media Release: Court of Appeal confirms transfer of children to Barwon adult jail was unlawful

Media Release: Court of Appeal confirms transfer of children to Barwon adult jail was unlawful

The Victorian Court of Appeal today unanimously confirmed that the Victorian Government acted unlawfully in transferring children to the Barwon adult jail. The Court was hearing an appeal against last week's Supreme Court ruling.

Hugh de Kretser, Executive Director at the Human Rights Law Centre, said, “Jailing children in the state’s most notorious adult prison was a terrible mistake. The government needs to house these children in a safe, lawful and appropriate facility.”

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