The Liberal National government will be forced to release a secret report into the child protection system after losing yet another vote in the NSW Upper House.
The Tune review into child protection must be released within four calendar days and is understood to have recommended a radical overhaul of the out-of-home care system.
The report comes on top of a recommendation from the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Child Protection for a significant one-off injection of funding into early intervention, which has not been supported by this government.
Greens MP David Shoebridge said:
“This government is getting a lesson in accountability losing yet another vote in the Upper House that will now force it to release a crucial child protection report that it has been desperate to keep hidden.
“This report was a comprehensive review of a child protection system in crisis that the government has hidden behind a veil of secrecy.
“There is no doubt that the full findings and recommendations of the Tune Review are inconsistent with this government’s policies which have failed to address deep systemic failings in the NSW child protection system.
“We already know from the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry that the NSW child protection system is fundamentally broken and failing our state’s most vulnerable children and families.
“There is an urgent need to invest in children and families, but instead this government is throwing billions of dollars away on private prisons, Westconnex and stadiums.
“Investment in early intervention was the central recommendation of the recent Parliamentary Inquiry into Child Protection but was shamefully ignored.
“With the budget soon approaching it is time the Liberal National government realised that investing in families and children, rather than multi-million dollar vanity projects, must be a priority.” Mr Shoebridge said.