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Just Compassion: a Priest’s Quest for Human Rights


Wally Dethlefs is no ordinary Christian. Ordained into the post-Vatican II church of the 1960s, full of hope and activism, he soon turned to work with students and workers, and take up the cause of those flung out to the margins of society. Join Wally on his spiritual journey, and his sensitisation as a social activist, liberation theology devotee, and champion of Brisbane’s vulnerable youth. From his deadpan accounts of managing Kedron Lodge as a youth refuge, to his term as chaplain in Boggo Road prison, Wally’s story is illuminated by moments of grace, his special blend of compassion and indignation, and his call for justice for the disadvantaged in our society in the name of Jesus.

Father Wally Dethlefs AM was instrumental in the concept for and the establishment of YAC as a result of his experiences as chaplain in the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre in the 1970s and he has maintained a keen interest in youth justice issues.

Please click on the link to order a copy of his recently released book: Just Compassion W Dethlefs Book Order Form

ISBN: 9780975765869
Publication Date: 20-Jul-2017
Publisher: Tafina Press

17 year olds and the criminal justice system…..success at last!!!

Queenslanders who are 17 years old are subject to the adult criminal justice system, in breach of Australia’s obligations as a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC) – even though they cannot vote or legally buy alcohol or tobacco products.

Queensland is the only Australian state or territory where this happens.


Following decades of lobbying by YAC and other youth focussed organisations the Queensland government has now committed to including 17 year olds in the youth justice system.  The government recently introduced legislation which will mean that 18 will be the threshold for a young person to be treated as an adult in the criminal justice system.  This will mean that protections which 17 year old young people do not currently have in terms of their engagement with police and court processes will finally be available to them.  This change will bring Queensland into line with all other states and territories in Australia and is in compliance with its obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.  Provided the Youth Justice and Other Legislation (Inclusion of 17 Year Old Persons)  Amendment Bill is passed by Parliament all 17 year olds in Queensland will be included in the Youth Justice System by the end of 2017.  Keep watching our website and Facebook to stay informed about the progress of the legislation and to lend your ongoing support.


Check out this song…………..

Urthboy was asked to write a song with kids who’ve been in care or in foster homes. The main feedback was that no one listens to them.

Warning: Some people may find some of the language in the song offensive.