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• Labor’s “external” review not truly external – it reports directly back to the Premier and doesn’t have the power to hold public hearings or take witnesses • Under the LNP the system improved, with more child safety officers on the ground, more children seen to within the recommended time and more cases resolved within 60 days Labor’s “external” child safety review is yet another woefully inadequate response to the crisis in Queensland’s child safety system, as the LNP Opposition strengthens calls for Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman to do the right thing and resign. Shadow Child Safety Minister Ros Bates said the Palaszczuk Labor’s Government’s review fell well short of community expectations and it was time for the embattled Minister to go. “Labor’s review is a toothless tiger because it reports directly back to the Premier, rather than Parliament and the people of Queensland,” Ms Bates said. “Given Labor’s track record of politicising this important issue, how can Queenslanders have faith that they won’t politicise the findings of this review when it goes straight to the Premier’s office before anyone else gets to see it? “Under the LNP there were more child safety officers on the ground, more children seen to within the recommended time and more cases resolved within 60 days. “The LNP continues its calls for an urgent external independent inquiry that isn’t beholden to Government and will get to the bottom of serious failings within the Department of Child Safety, including the foster care system.

” Ms Bates said Shannon Fentiman could not continue as Child Safety Minister after Annastacia Palaszczuk so blatantly sidelined her during yesterday’s announcement – a sign the Minister had lost the faith of her leader. “Annastacia Palaszczuk felt she had no other choice but to take over as a result of the Minister’s continued mishandling of issues vital to the safety of our children,” she said.

Shadow Infrastructure Minister Deb Frecklington said reports the Palasczcuk Labor Government had refused to administer and distribute $20 million of grants for feasibility studies for 14 dam projects across the state were extraordinary. “The refusal by the Palasczcuk Labor Government to distribute the funding for 14 feasibility studies into vital water infrastructure projects is yet another example of how divided this government is,” Ms Frecklington said. “Labor is threating Queensland’s ability to secure more funding from the Turnbull Government’s $2 billion National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility. “The level of funding on offer from the Turnbull Government for water infrastructure is a once-in-a- generation opportunity and Queensland will miss out if the 14 feasibility studies are delayed.

” Ms Frecklington said Annastasia Palaszczuk needed to show some leadership and step in before Mark Bailey blew an opportunity to boost agricultural production by billions and create thousands of new jobs. Shadow Water Minister Michael Hart said Queensland had secured the first funding from the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund and more money than other state, yet Labor was still playing politics. “Mark Bailey needs to ditch his administrative arrogance and get on with distributing $20 million of funding for dam feasibility studies” he said. “Water supply has dropped by 25% per capita since the 1980s and more dams are needed for Queensland to further develop its food and fibre industries.

“I am calling on State Labor MPs, Glenn Butcher, Brittany Lauga, Bill Byrne, Leanne Donaldson, Julieanne Gilbert, Aaron Harper, Coralee O’Rourke and Scott Stewart to put pressure on Curtis Pitt and Mark Bailey to sort out this squabble over paper work and start moving on these feasibility studies. In the 2016/17 Budget, the Federal Coalition announced a $2 billion National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility to support major water infrastructure projects, such as dams, building on the $510 million National Water Infrastructure Development Fund. • Between 2015/16 around 9000 nights of motel accommodation were provided to 9000 women and 13,393 children fleeing domestic and family violence Thousands of vulnerable Queenslanders suffering from domestic violence have been forced into unsustainable crisis motel accommodation, raising concerns the Palaszczuk Labor Government has been caught unprepared by an influx in domestic violence cases across the State.

Shadow Minister for Child Safety and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Ros Bates said it was only after Parliamentary questioning by the Opposition that Minister Shannon Fentiman revealed 9000 nights of motel accommodation was being used to make up for a the massive shortfall in crisis accommodation. “In the last twelve months, around 9000 nights of motel accommodation were provided to 9000 women and over 13,000 children fleeing domestic and family violence across the State,” Ms Bates said. “That’s a massive 240 per cent increase in just twelve months and cost the State over $1 million – money which could have been spent on more sustainable, long term support services.

“It’s unacceptable to have vulnerable families languishing in motels if the proper support services aren’t in place to ensure victims aren’t forced back into violent homes. “As the Minister responsible for implementing recommendations from the Not Now, Not Ever Report, Shannon Fentiman should have been better prepared for an increased demand for crisis accommodation and support services. “Given the huge public exposure of the insidious issue affecting Queensland communities from Coolangatta to Cooktown what did the Minister expect?

“In the last twelve months, we’ve also seen double the number of calls to DVConnect, with the service fielding more than 4000 calls a month, while police are responding to increased call outs to domestic violence incidents. “It’s critical that victims of family and domestic violence feel they have somewhere to turn but it’s up to this Labor Government to ensure proper mechanisms are in place so they can receive the best possible support.” Queensland’s youngest and most vulnerable children will be better protected after the LNP Opposition successfully passed laws which make it mandatory for early childhood workers to report suspected cases of child abuse.

Shadow Minister for Education Tracy Davis said the passing of the Child Protection (Mandatory Reporting – Mason’s Law) Amendment Bill 2016 will extend mandatory reporting obligations to include workers in early childhood education and care, bringing Queensland in line with other States and territories. “Young children under five are still developing their own voice and rely heavily on those that care for them for protection, so it’s crucial we take every possible measure to ensure their safety and wellbeing,” Ms Davis said. “Mandatory reporting laws are an important part of the Queensland child protection system and are critical in detecting serious cases of child abuse that might otherwise go unnoticed. “Western Australia is now the only remaining jurisdiction that doesn’t identify the early childhood education and care sector as mandatory reporters.

” Ms Davis said the new laws would never have come about without a long-running and dedicated campaign by John and Sue Sandeman, the grandparents of toddler Mason Parker who was tragically murdered in 2011, and who have been calling for these laws ever since. “I’m privileged and honoured to have been the Member of Parliament who was finally able to bring John and Sue’s passionate fight for these laws to fruition,” she said. “The Sandemans are very special people, and while these laws will never heal the pain of having lost their little grandson, they will help to ensure other vulnerable little ones don’t suffer in silence.

“On behalf of Queensland Parliament I pay tribute to John and Sue for fighting every day for so many years to do what is right and to honour the memory of little Mason. Site: http://debfrecklington.com.au/news/10/state-news