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.
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[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]