Skip to main content

In Western Australia’s Midwest, a group of children, some as young as 12, were taken into custody following a series of alleged crimes that included theft and joyriding. The children spent a night in police custody before being granted bail with strict conditions.

Former MP Carol Martin highlighted poverty as a significant underlying factor in Western Australia’s youth crime crisis. She emphasized the need for innovative solutions rather than punitive measures like locking children up. Martin stressed that addressing poverty is crucial to resolving youth crime effectively.

During the court proceedings, it was revealed that there were instances of lack of parental responsibility and challenges faced by authorities in ensuring the well-being of the children involved. Despite the crimes committed, the focus was on community-based orders rather than detention for the young offenders, aiming to rehabilitate rather than punish.

This incident underscores the urgent need to address poverty and historical government policies that have contributed to youth crime. By focusing on innovative solutions and community-based interventions, there is hope to break the cycle of crime and provide a better future for at-risk youth in Western Australia.


Read More

Article Title: Former WA MP Carol Martin says poverty at root of alleged youth crime spree, arrests in Geraldton
Retrieved from