The child protection saga has been one of the more jaw dropping examples of governance in Canberra of recent times.
The public advocate claimed the Children and Young People Act 2008 was breached when vulnerable children were handed over to a provider that lacked appropriate certification and kept the children in some sort of unheated dungeon filled with broken glass.
Today Joy Burch has tabled advice from the Solicitor General to show that the public advocate doesn’t know the law, and in fact the Director-General can stuff children wherever it pleases them. (maybe something with snakes?)
While it must come as a relief to Joy Burch it’s hard to see how this is reassuring to anyone else.
A full government response is due next week.