It’s heartening to see that Katy Gallagher is standing by her staff in the recent child abuse case in Ainslie as reported in the Canberra Times.
Four days before Police raided the property and found the children in squalor, Care and Protection workers visited the house and found the children “presented as healthy”.
The ACT Minister for Children and Young People, Katy Gallagher, said the welfare workers involved were experts.
“In their submissions to me they certainly said that on that day they did not have the grounds to remove children from the care of their mother at the time,” Ms Gallagher told ABC Radio.
“These are the experts. These are the people who go and visit the houses and the children every single day.”
Ms Gallagher said it was her job to question them but ultimately “I have to accept the professional judgment of those people involved”.
Then she offers this small excuse.
“If you had your full complement of staff you could do a lot more.”