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New broom needed in child protection

The State Liberals are demanding the appointment of a new Minister for Child Protection who will be solely responsible for getting the Department of Child Protection back on the rails.

“There is crisis in child protection in South Australia that cannot be cured by a part-time Minister,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.

“Child protection needs a strong leader who is totally dedicated to the cleaning up the myriad failings of child protection in South Australia.

“Neither of the current part-time Ministers for child protection should be considered for the new role.

“Minister Close’s failure to read the Hyde Review is an abject dereliction of duty that renders her unfit for any role in child protection.

“John Rau as the Minister responsible for child protection reform stands equally condemned for a system that has utterly and totally failed to protect vulnerable children.

“Once again children have been abused by the very people employed to protect them and once again Premier Weatherill defaults to establishing a review.

“No more reviews, no more excuses, no more passing the buck – the Weatherill Government is guilty of failing to protect the most vulnerable children in our community.

“Since Labor came to office the Layton Report, the Mullighan Inquiry, a Parliamentary Select Committee, the Debelle Inquiry, the Coronial Inquest into the death of Chloe Valentine and the Nyland Royal Commission have all laid bare the catastrophic failure of child protection in South Australia.

“Now we are going to have a review of the Hyde Review that Minister Close couldn’t be bothered reading.

“It is time for new leadership in child protection in South Australia.

“The fact another predator has abused the children they were employed to protect and that this individual had been red-flagged is the final straw.

“Jay Weatherill, John Rau and Susan Close must collectively accept full responsibility for this appalling failure of the child protection system.”