Gunner rules out youth curfew and three stikes laws


Chief Minister Michael Gunner has ruled out the introduction of tough new laws to combat the Territory's high youth crime rate.

A day after announcing the introduction of legislation to expand the use of electronic monitoring for offenders on bail, he ruled out any consideration of a youth curfew or a three strikes law, saying those programs have failed in the past.

Instead, the government is banking on a range of youth diversion measures, extra police support and electronic bracelets to help break the cycle of youth offending.

Already, the powerful NT Police Association has criticised the government's handling of this latest announcement.

Acting President Col Goodsell, says the first his members heard of the planned introduction of the electronic bracelets was by press release yesterday - and that police have no details on how the program will work.

You can hear both interviews below.


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