Government shamed into action on Brahminy

Tasmanian Labor
  • Additional safeguards, support and oversight required
  • Roger Jaensch shamed into action
  • The right place for at-risk children is in a Tasmanian program
  • The outcome of a review into the Brahminy program is an indictment on Roger Jaensch’s handling of child safety.

    Shadow Minister for Child Safety Josh Willie said the main recommendations of the review are to put in place safeguards, support and oversight that should have already existed.

    “The recommended safeguards should have been in place before a single Tasmania child was put into this program.

    “What’s deeply concerning is that Roger Jaensch has only acted to look into the program when persistent concerns were raised by Labor and the Tasmanian media.

    “Roger Jaensch has been shamed into action after his mishandling of this issue. He acted only when this became an issue for him personally in the parliament and in the media.

    “The review has also recommended establishment of a Tasmanian program for at-risk children.

    “Again, Roger Jaensch is being pushed into action because he hasn’t had the political will or courage to develop a program in Tasmania.

    “It remains firmly Labor’s view that the right place for these at-risk children is in a Tasmanian program, and we urge the government to waste no further time making that happen.”

    Josh Willie

    Shadow Minister for Child Safety

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