NT must abolish restraining chairs: Qld AG

By Darren Cartwright

Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath has taken a swipe at Northern Territory's chief minister for not immediately banning restraining chairs on juvenile detainees following Monday's Four Corners program.

Ms D'Ath made the call for the chairs to be abolished permanently as she rejected a push for an inquiry into Queensland's own youth detention system.

NT Chief Minister Adam Giles has suspended the use of restraining chairs following the ABC program what showed guards strapping down a teenage boy whose face was covered in a hood, but has not banned them outright.

The report also showed footage of physical abuse and tear gas being used at Darwin's Don Dale centre and prompted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to announce a royal commission into the NT system.

Ms D'Ath assured Queenslanders that spitting masks, restraining chairs and tear-gas were not used in the state's juvenile detention centres.

"My advice to the chief minister is get rid of them ... it's an appalling practice and should stop," Ms D'Ath told ABC radio.

"We do not have spitting hoods, we do not have restraint chairs, we do no have tear gas."

She said the NT and Queensland systems juvenile detention systems were run differently and could not be compared.

"The Northern Territory operates under the corrective services system with prison guards operating in youth detention centres," she said.

Queensland youth detention workers are trained and qualified to work with young people, she said.

Five employees have been sacked from Queensland's juvenile detention centres for excessive force in the past 12 months, but Ms D'Ath says that is evidence the system is working.

"You can't make claims there is a cover-up at the same time you are sacking people and letting inspectors come in every quarter and issue public reports," she said.

Sisters Inside chief executive Debbie Kilroy says indigenous youth were the most affected by systemic detention system abuse because they were over-represented and young girls should also be a focus of any inquiry.

"I'm calling out that girls must be included ... It's about dealing with the most oppressed in the prison system, which is aboriginal girls," Ms Kilroy told AAP.