Liberals support establishment of Children’s Commissioner

The State Liberals are supportive of the establishment of a Children’s Commissioner as recommended by Royal Commissioner Margaret Nyland.

“The State Liberals have long supported establishing a Children’s Commissioner with investigative powers and have put a Bill before Parliament which was opposed by the Weatherill Labor Government,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.

“Sadly, it has taken the findings of a Royal Commission for the Weatherill Labor Government to act.

“Even then, the Weatherill Labor Government still can’t get it right.”

In her report, Commissioner Nyland states:

“…the Commission considers it essential that the Children’s Commissioner have extensive powers to conduct investigations into systemic issues, including thorough examination of individual circumstances where such an investigation has the capacity to highlight systemic issues.” (pg 592).

The Weatherill Labor Government has today stated:

“The Commissioner will not examine individual complaints.” (Media release, 16/08/16)

“This proves that Premier Weatherill is not capable of implementing the 260 recommendations from Justice Nyland’s Royal Commission,” said Mr Marshall.

“It’s a shame that Premier Weatherill has not recalled Parliament to deal with these urgent reforms.

“The State Liberal Team was more than happy to return to Parliament so that we could begin the process of debating and passing any legislation required to reform our child protection system.

“Instead, we will have to wait 35 days until Parliament resumes to begin dealing with this legislation.

“Jay Weatherill stands condemned for having failed to implement numerous recommendations from independent investigations into the failed child protection system in this State.