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G-G proposes bush camps for young offenders

January 23, 2006

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The Governor-General has proposed sending young offenders to bush camps instead of jail.

Major General Michael Jeffery raised the idea during his visit to the mining town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder in Western Australia.

Major General Jeffery says the idea could be applied as an alternative for juveniles ordered to serve short jail sentences.

He says the concept of a bush camp would be more beneficial.

"Perhaps on a cattle station somewhere, with very good instructors and leaders and mentors and a proper program of education and sport and work might produce some good results," he said.



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