Minister must come clean on Toowoomba child murders

19 Feb 2009 3:15 PMJann Stuckey

A year-and-a-half after the Bligh Labor Government promised a full and independent review of its Child Safety Department’s handling of the double child murder in Toowoomba, no report has been delivered.

LNP child safety spokeswoman Jann Stuckey said the person responsible for the brutal murder of two innocent boys in Toowoomba was sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday, so the Minister now had no excuse for not releasing all findings on the role her Department played leading up to the murders.

Ms Stuckey said that on the 31st of July 2007, the Director-General of Child Safety said: “The Department’s involvement would now be investigated by independent child safety experts”.

“It’s time for the Minister to reveal how her Department reached the decision to place one of the children back into the care of the mother and her boyfriend, a week before both boys were murdered,” Ms Stuckey said.

“This is not the first case where the Bligh Government has promised to release findings of Child Safety’s handling of a child death. Others that are outstanding include the Redcliffe toddler death and the Bribie Island murder in 2007.

“This Government continues to operate in secret, as it tries to hide its failed policies and actions,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The tragic case in Toowoomba highlights once again how important early intervention programs are in identifying at-risk children and families.

“These deaths were avoidable,” Ms Stuckey said.

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19 February 2009

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