Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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