Palaszczuk Labor Government gives up on child safety

Monday, 24 July 2017

· More than 13,000 suspect abuse cases are not being investigated in the required timeframes
· Police are now expected to pick up the slack under a broken child safety system under Labor
· Do-nothing Labor Government and Shannon Fentiman have no answers to investigations backlog

LNP Shadow Minister for Child Safety Ros Bates said it is sad indictment on Labor’s broken child safety system that Police are now expected to be called in and pick up the slack.

“More than 13,000 suspect abuse cases are not being investigated in the required timeframes and a further 10,000 are taking months to finalise,” Ms Bates said.

“Today’s announcement is more policy on the run from a Labor Minister looking for any distraction from her complete failure on the eve of estimates.

“This do nothing Minister was warned in October 2015 of the impending crisis in child safety and she did nothing.

“Under this Labor Government the relationship between child safety and Police has broken down and this announcement is not going to mend that rift.

“Labor obviously don’t trust child safety officers to be able to manage the tough cases.

“If this sort of joint team is to work we need to have health and education at the table to ensure we get the best outcome for children.

“We have no solution to the $200 million being thrown at group homes at a cost of $300,000 a child.

“Queenslanders can’t trust Labor to protect vulnerable children.

“Only the LNP will build a better Queensland and stronger families.”

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