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    Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Minister demands apology for LNP’s cuts to Child Safety staff

    Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    Minister demands apology for LNP’s cuts to Child Safety staff

    Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman has called on her predecessor to apologise for the damage inflicted by the LNP’s cruel cuts to Child Safety staff.

    In the week that marked five years since Tim Nicholls’ appalling first budget, Ms Fentiman said former Child Safety Minister Tracy Davis should take the opportunity to say sorry.

    “Ms Davis needs to explain why she thought it was a good idea to sack Child Safety workers in the Wide Bay region when she was Child Safety Minister. Frankly, she should apologise today,” Ms Fentiman said.

    “Ms Davis has never stood up and said that Tim Nicholls got it wrong when he slashed 225 permanent Child Safety jobs and 177 temporary contracts weren’t renewed across the state.

    “130 of those permanent Child Safety jobs were cut from regional areas, including 23 from the Central Queensland region.

    “Do Ms Davis and her leader stand by the cuts that they made?

    “Both Mr Nicholls and Ms Davis don’t like to talk about the impact of their cuts, but the reviews of the Child Safety and Foster Care systems released last week laid that impact bare.

    The Palaszczuk Government employed 12 new Child Safety staff in Central Queensland last financial year, and is employing 33 more over the next two years.

    “The Palaszczuk Government has made massive investments in restoring frontline Child Safety services, and we’re not done yet,” Ms Fentiman said.

    “This year’s budget included $200 million to employ hundreds more Child Safety staff, a clear demonstration that Labor is committed to helping vulnerable children and families.”

    Ms Fentiman said the LNP had opposed most of the Palaszczuk Government’s investments of extra staff, Joint Response Teams of Police and Child Safety staff and even opposed our campaign to recruit 1000 more Foster Carers.

    “In the absence of an apology for their previous cuts, we can only assume that the LNP plans to once again cut, sack and sell their way through the Child Safety system,” Ms Fentiman said.

    “Labor will fight for every vulnerable child and family to get the support they need to be safe and prosper.”

     

    ENDS

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