Greens explain that Joy’s doing enough on Child Protection

johnboy 5 June 2012

The Greens’ Meredith Hunter has gone into bat for Community Services Minister Joy Burch and explained why they voted confidence in her handling of Child Protection.

“It remains to be seen if this Minister can match the funding with leadership, and implement lasting reforms that will address the issues highlighted in the Public Advocates report.
“There have been some examples of change within her Directorate, such has the creation of a new Senior Director position in the Office for Children, Youth and Family Support.

“The ACT Greens supported a motion of censure against Minister Burch last year on the basis of the interim Public Advocate reports’ damning findings. We have seen a more positive response from the Minister to the final report, and there is an opportunity with this new funding to make the necessary changes.

“The ACT Greens will continue to put pressure on Minister Burch to act on the recommendations of the Public Advocates report. We want to see vastly improved for workers, carers and children as well as real and lasting change to the system,” Ms Hunter said.

That’s not a huge amount of confidence.

The Liberals in turn are not very happy about not getting the support:

Today, the ACT Greens refused to support a motion of No Confidence moved by the Canberra Liberals in ACT Community Services Minister Joy Burch, following her continued failure to support children in the care and protection system. ACT Shadow Family and Community Services Minister Vicki Dunne said this shows the ACT Greens will place their Labor coalition above all else – even over Canberra’s most vulnerable children.

“The ACT Greens today demonstrated that they will prioritise their political partners above the care of vulnerable children,” Mrs Dunne said today.

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