Rockhampton families walk against child abuse
Sunday, 4 June 2017
• Rockhampton families join forces in Sunday’s Walk for Mason in memory of toddler Mason Jett Lee
• Sunday’s walk starts at 9.30am Sunday 4 June at Alf Kele Memorial Park, Rockhampton, followed by a barbecue
• In October 2016 more than 65 cases were closed in Rockhampton – 23 of which were confirmed cases of abuse, the highest in the region
This Sunday, Rockhampton and Yeppoon families will join forces and demand answers from the Palaszczuk Labor Government on failures within the Child Safety Department by taking part in the Walk for Mason.
LNP Shadow Child Safety Minister Ros Bates said the death of Mason Lee uncovered the disarray in the child safety system.
“This event is the latest walk organised by a group of concerned Queenslanders who want answers from Shannon Fentiman and the Palaszczuk Labor Government on the senseless death of little Mason Lee,” Ms Bates said.
“More than 30,000 concerned Queenslanders have put their names to an online petition calling for greater accountability in the state’s child safety system in the wake of the death of Mason Lee – we can’t let his tragic death be forgotten.”
Ms Bates said the Rockhampton child safety system was in crisis
“Tragically in March this year a six-month old baby died at Yeppoon after being missed by child safety officers despite concerns being raised in January,” Ms Bates said.
“His death occurred while waiting in an investigation backlog at the Rockhampton child safety service centre.
“Rockhampton is in a worse state than Caboolture and staff are stretched to the limit.”
Ms Bates said the Labor Government was not only failing to protect Queensland children, but putting child safety staff under great stress.
“Labor’s Child Safety Department is in complete disarray and imploding fast,” she said.
“The crisis and growing backlogs engulfing child safety investigations are nothing short of a scandal.”