The National Children’s Commissioner has called for a national plan for youth crime.

The call follows after the fatal stabbing of a 70 year old woman near Brisbane over the weekend.

One teenager’s been charged with murder and another four have had charges laid against them.

Commissioner Anne Hollands says Queensland isn’t the only jurisdiction trying to tackle the issue.

She has told the ABC that the systems we currently have aren’t working.

“I think the fact that we have problems in a number of jurisdictions, says to me that there is an argument for bringing all the jurisdictions together with some leadership from the Commonwealth”

She says unlike other problems such as domestic violence, there is no national approach to this issue.

Queensland Premier Stephen Miles has indicated that his government is open to taking tougher youth crime laws to the election but has ruled out scrapping the policy of using detention as a last resort.