The Queensland government has been sharply criticised for introducing legislation allowing it to imprison children in police watch houses for adults.

Police minister Mark Ryan introduced the amendment as part of a number of changes to an unrelated bill on Wednesday.

The amendment would require the government to override the state’s Human Rights Act.

The state government has previously suspended the Human Rights Act after it passed a bill making breach of bail a criminal offence for children.

The move has prompted anger from the other political parties, with Greens MP Michael Berkman labelling the move a “dog act”.

Legal advocates say the amendment will only lead to more community harm.