Statement from Child Safety Minister Di Farmer

Published Friday, 25 May, 2018 at 12:42 PM

Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
The Honourable Di Farmer

Tiahleigh Palmer was the victim of an evil crime committed by Rick Thorburn.

This was despite Queensland having a strong and robust system for the approval of foster carers.

In the wake of her tragic death, urgent reviews made more than 100 recommendations to make Queensland the safest state in Australia for vulnerable children.

The Queensland Government supported these recommendations. Implementation began before the reviews were completed and is continuing.

None of them are any consolation for Tiahleigh’s murder.

The best place for children is a loving home, and more than 5,200 foster and kinship carers are looking after more than 8,000 Queensland children.

Rick Thorburn deserves the fullest punishment. 


Media contact:          Ron Goodman                       0427 781 920


Background information

Media statements regarding Tiahleigh Palmer and the reviews:


Key reports: