Cross Border Intervention Could Have Saved Baby's Life

10 Dec 2018 12:51 PMJann Stuckey

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey has slammed the Government over its failure to enact cross-border initiatives that may have saved the life of a 9 month-old baby girl allegedly murdered by the hands of her own father.

“As a former paediatric nurse and shadow minister for child safety this case has made me feel physically ill, and the lack of responsibility exhibited by government agencies as they duck for cover makes me feel even sicker,” said Ms Stuckey.

“Denial and failure to act by Qld agencies is shameful, but the fact there’s a cross-border initiative in place supposedly to enhance protection of children in NSW and QLD makes the whole tragic case even more inexcusable.

“The QLD-NSW Statement of Principles and Priorities for Cross-Border Collaboration released their 2017-18 annual work list report in November (5 months late) and priority number 2.1, which is about enhancing the protection of children through the sharing of information and alignment of services, is listed as achieved.

“In January 2018 the QLD government amended the Child Protection Act 1999 to allow the chief executive to provide interstate child protection agencies with information relevant to them performing their functions.

“In April 2018 NSW entered into this arrangement.

“The glaring issue here is the lack of communication in relation to cross-border services, especially for a situation as heart-breaking as this,” said Ms Stuckey.

“Whilst it’s totally unforgiveable for the Queensland Department of Child Services to have ignored police calls for help, it is also an indictment on the Palaszczuk Government in regards to their apathy towards cross-border issues.

“Someone should have picked up the phone and they didn’t.

“Unlike the LNP who promised a Cross-Border Commissioner at the 2017 election, the Palaszczuk Labor Government refuse to establish one and have shown no interest in the process.

“This Labor government have dragged their feet in regards to cross-border co-operation as evidenced by the 2017-2018 work list due to be reported by the end of June not being released until mid-November.

“I call on the Palaszczuk Government to guarantee they will honour these initiatives and work proactively on issues involving the protection and safety of children.”

[ENDS] 07/12/2018

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