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Queensland youth crime reform inquiry now 'unavoidable'

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A royal commission into Queensland justice reforms is unavoidable after "decades of poor management", a victims of crime advocate says.

Voice for Victims founder Ben Cannon will have another meeting with the state Labor government after claiming it did not seem to understand the group's demand for zero tolerance for repeat offenders.

Mr Cannon also took aim at MPs for mocking what he claims is a juvenile crime crisis, saying the government does not seem to think it's a big issue.

Overall, the Voice for Victims group has held several meetings with the government since September and has made progress, Mr Cannon said.

This includes a recent $200 million boost in financial assistance for victims of crime, with the upper limit reset to $120,000, from $75,000.

The state government, which has been under pressure over a rise in youth crime, also introduced a raft of controversial new laws that included allowing children to be held in police watchhouses.

However, Mr Cannon said a royal commission into justice reforms for youth crime appeared inevitable.

"There is enough evidence that this is a real issue that has come about over decades of poor management - I think a royal commission is unavoidable," he told AAP.

"The government is starting to realise that the issue needs to have some attention.

"We need solutions that potentially the government can't seem to find."

Voice for Victims are set to speak again to the government within a fortnight after holding a rally against ongoing youth crime in Brisbane's CBD last weekend.

Mr Cannon welcomed the state government's weekend announcement on a ban on the sale of knives and replica firearms, including gel blasters, to juveniles in Queensland.

However, the government appeared to have difficulty understanding other suggested reforms like the group's demand for zero tolerance for repeat offenders.

"They were really lost in simple language like zero tolerance. They asked us to give them more detail," he said.

"Zero tolerance doesn't seem to be something the government even understands.

"We are now two or three months down the road from when we first met and we are still hearing horrible stories where repeat offenders are causing devastation in the community again and again."

Mr Cannon said he had also spoken to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk after he was criticised by Labor MPs.

Don Brown labelled the youth crime crisis a "media beat up" and fellow Labor MP Aaron Harper recently called a rally by crime victims a "rent-a-crowd".

"She has told me she has told them that it is not acceptable. She also said that they had apologised," Mr Cannon said.

"I said an apology is one thing but the fact that they thought it would be okay to say it to people who I know are genuinely hurting as victims, it echoes potentially the tone of government where they don't think that there is a problem."