ABC collapse holds child safety concerns

19 Nov 2008 3:50 PMJann Stuckey

The ABC child care collapse was a critical issue for working families which deserved the immediate attention of the Bligh government, the State Opposition said today.

LNP child safety spokeswoman Jann Stuckey said tens of thousands of Queensland working families were affected by the collapse of the group and many remained very worried about the care of their children beyond Christmas.

“Many parents are already leaving ABC for fear of the centres closing when the Federal rescue package runs out,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Surely there’s a case for the State government to be pulling its weight to do whatever it can to support local groups set-up centres and kindergartens should the worst happen.

“Before the rise of ABC, many kindergartens were run at local level by community, church groups and local councils and after what’s happened there seems to be strong case to get childcare out of the corporate world and back into local hands.”

Mrs Stuckey, a former nurse, said instead of sitting back, the State government should be calling for expressions of interest from suitable groups capable of running centres.

“We need to make sure that adequate places are available for children and that working parents without family support are not left in the terrible position of having to go to work and leaving young children alone and unsupervised.

“This is a potentially serious child safety issue we cannot ignore.”

19 November 2008

Media contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919