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Historic first step towards a Children’s Commissioner

The State Liberals have welcomed the passage of a Bill to establish a Commissioner for Children and Young People through the House of Assembly this morning.

Labor introduced the Bill to establish a Children’s Commissioner this morning and the Liberals moved to suspended standing orders to enable an immediate vote and passage of this critical legislation through the House of Assembly.

“I’m proud to have facilitated passage of this legislation through the Lower House at the very first opportunity,” State Liberal Steven Marshall said.

“The Liberal Party will provide strong bi-partisan support to reform South Australia’s stricken child protection system.

“The symbolism of passing this legislation at the very first opportunity cannot be underestimated.

“It was 13 years ago that the Layton Review recommended the establishment of a Children’s Commissioner.

“The procrastination on the establishment of Children’s Commissioner for 13 years left vulnerable children at increased risk.

“Today marks the beginning of new era in child protection in South Australia.”