REVIEW SHOULD BE RELEASED: LNP
The Palaszczuk Labor Government must finally come clean and release the expert panel review into the Child Safety Department’s handling of Mason Lee prior to his death.
Last November, Minister Shannon Fentiman looked Queenslanders in the eye and vowed to release the review in January.
It is now February and there is still no sign of the report. The clock is ticking – what is the Minister waiting for?
The recent release of the September data clearly showed that Child Safety’s performance had plummeted to dangerously low levels under Labor and children were suffering.
Shannon Fentiman should be horrified that 11 per cent of the most critical cases requiring a 24-hour response aren’t being seen to on time.
On top of that, 74 per cent of at-risk children who should be seen within the recommended 5-10 day period are also being missed - this just can’t go on.
According to the latest Report of Government Services data, Queensland is now the second worst performing state in Australia. We’re even behind South Australia where there was a Royal Commission into child safety.
We know from the leaked October data that the story only gets worse, with almost 4,000 cases of suspected child abuse stuck in backlogs across the state.
After two years of inaction, Annastacia Palaszczuk and Shannon Fentiman must fulfil their promise and release the Mason Lee report immediately.
We need this report so we can identify how the system failed young Mason. When we have these answers we can make the system stronger to prevent more children from facing the same tragic fate.
Ros Bates (LNP), Shadow Child Safety Minister