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Money to lock them up, but not to lift them up

The calls for a budget that helps the disadvantaged, keeps people out of prison and protects children have been ignored in the Coalition’s state budget that squanders the proceeds of privatisation and record stamp duty windfalls to build ever more roads and prisons, while continuing to underfund vital community services and the protection of children […]

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Budget announcement won’t fix child protection system in crisis

The needs of the state’s most vulnerable children and families will not be met by the Coalition’s meager $18 million per annum funding increase into the NSW child protection system. The Parliamentary Inquiry into Child Protection released a report this year finding systemic failings in the child protection system and demanding a significant funding injection […]

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Child protection system in crisis

A cross-party Parliamentary report has found that the NSW child protection system is failing our state’s most vulnerable children and families, and requires an urgent reset. The multi-party report demands fundamental reform and a one-off injection of funding focussed on supporting children and keeping families together rather than more and more child removals and hundreds […]

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Children in Care [Speech]

This speech was delivered on 08.11.2016 in the NSW Upper House. You can read the original contribution here.  With the privatisation of electricity assets, ports and lands across New South Wales, the Baird Government is receiving a one-off surge of capital. It is proposing to spend that one-off surge of billions of dollars primarily on […]

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Child Protection (Working with Children) and Other Child Protection Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 [Legislation Debate]

Mr DAVID SHOEBRIDGE: On behalf of the Greens I indicate that we support the Child Protection (Working With Children) and Other Child Protection Legislation Amendment Bill 2016. This bill does a number of things. The objectives of the bill include: (a)to amend the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 (the Working with Children Act) […]

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