Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie told reporters that even if a young person’s job was at risk, these one-on-one meetings were mandatory.
Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie told reporters that even if a young person’s job was at risk, these one-on-one meetings were mandatory. Tom Huntley

Face-to-face meetings with probation officers 'mandatory'

YOUNG offenders will now be barred from checking in with their probation officers via telephone, after revelations a 16-year-old missed two face-to-face meetings.

The juvenile was one of two - the other a 19-year-old - who beat an alpaca to death with a metal bar last year.

Each had their sentences were successfully appealed by the state after being considered too lenient.

Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie told reporters that even if a young person's job was at risk, these one-on-one meetings were mandatory.

The younger teenager met with his probation officer seven times, then checked in twice by telephone call.

"Suffice to say, any phone hook-up with a probation officer is unacceptable as far as I'm concerned," Mr Bleijie said.

In this case, the offender had called their probation officer because they were working and did not want to put their job at risk.

Mr Bleijie said this was not good enough.

For those who had committed crimes and were no on probation, he declared, "Get your life together, get your life sorted out, don't commit these crimes and then you won't end up on probation and you won't have the government taking the tough stance we are going to take now."



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