MEDIA STATEMENT: LNP Shadow Child Safety Minister Ros Bates

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 Labor’s crisis-ridden Child Safety Department is in serious trouble as 58 per cent of staff say they intend to walk within the next 12 months. Forty-nine per cent of staff think child safety is poorly managed and more than 40 per cent of staff are not confident in   Read More

Group housing for abused children costs $200 million

Group housing for abused children costs $200 million Monday, 17 July 2017 · Housing costs of abused children in residential care across Queensland over $300,000 per child · Taxpayers now paying more than $200 million a year for ‘warehouse’ group homes · Labor’s only solution is to throw money   Read More

Child abuse sadly on the rise under do-nothing Labor

Saturday, 15 July 2017 · Queensland’s child safety system continues to buckle under Labor’s watch · Child safety investigators struggling with 13,035 investigations which are not starting on time · More than 6,000 children were found to have been abused in the past 12 months Queensland’s   Read More

Labor abandons DV victims in the bush

Domestic violence victims in regional and remote Queensland will be cut off from vital support as the Palaszczuk Government strips future funding to the Women’s Legal Services hotline. Yet there has not been even a whisper from Labor MPs across Queensland – not one plea to Attorney-General Yvette   Read More

Labor on notice to release latest child safety data

Thursday, 13 July 2017 · Labor must come clean and release the latest child safety data now · Labor’s embattled Child Safety Minister shouldn’t use estimates hearings as a smoke-screen for damning data · Previous data showed 10,016 abuse investigations not finalised within two months Labor’s   Read More

Labor ignores child safety cries for help

Today's announcement by the do-nothing Labor Child Safety Minister is two years too late for a child safety system in crisis and staff at breaking point. Cries from child safety staff go unanswered, abuse cases are being missed and allegations of bullying are rife. Between March and April 2017   Read More

MEDIA STATEMENT: LNP Shadow Minister for Prevention of Domestic Violence Ros Bates

Thursday, 22 June 2017 Today’s announcement by Labor to build a new shelter on the Gold Coast is too little, too late. Over the last two and a half years we have seen thousands of domestic violence victims fleeing violent homes. We have local private shelters standing ready to help victims   Read More

One year after Mason’s death and still no change

One year after Mason's death and still no change Sunday 11 June 2017 * One year after Mason Jett Lee's death and still no change to troubled child safety system * Child safety staff still struggling with mounting caseloads and no reprieve is in sight * Labor's embattled Child Safety   Read More

Too little, too late won’t protect vulnerable children

Too little, too late won’t protect vulnerable children Saturday, 10 June 2017 · Only one in four newly-announced staff are desperately needed frontline officers · Thousands of vulnerable children continue to be caught in child safety backlogs · LNP left Labor with $406 million in extra funding   Read More

An Open Letter to Child Safety Officers Across Queensland

An open letter to Child Safety Officers across Queensland As a nurse and a mother, I support you 100 per cent in the work you do every day to protect vulnerable children. After speaking to so many of you in person, a Labor and Together Union scare campaign is now limiting my ability to see   Read More