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ACT wants to keep child protection power

By 3 July 2008 2

The SMH is reporting that the The ACT government wants to retain responsibility for managing child protection services, despite a recent case of young children found living in squalor in a Canberra suburb.

The matter is likely to be discussed at Thursday’s Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting of federal, state and territory leaders in Sydney.

“Child protection is essentially a state and territory issue,” ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope told reporters outside the meeting on Thursday.

I totally agree. It’s a state issue and the Commonwealth should be allowed to proceed without Commonwealth interference.

[Ed. (Jazz) Riot's previous coverage includes Vicki Dunne's call for action, Katy Gallagher's defence of the welfare workers involved, and the original instace of neglected children]

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2 Responses to ACT wants to keep child protection power
#1
Thumper12:20 pm, 03 Jul 08

Ah, whoops..

It’s a state issue and the Commonwealth should be allowed to proceed without Commonwealth interference

It’s a state issue and as such they should be able to proceed without commonwealth inteference.

#2
peterh5:43 pm, 04 Jul 08

but there should be procedures in place for when the state government drops the ball.

In the case of the Ainslie Family, if the ACT Government were unable to visit or ascertain the state of the children, there should be a federal body that can step in, on the request of the ACT government, not necessarily the police.

Perhaps there should be better management of the recruitment / qualification process – so that more welfare workers are available to address the needs of these and other families.

If this isn’t feasible, what about opening the door to allow existing charities to be able to assist the ACT government in the management of the community and cases such as this?

the fact that it is not a glorious job, or one that leaves you with a warm feeling inside shouldn’t detract from the vital role that these workers play.

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