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Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania



6 September 2017

Jacquie Petrusma, Minister for Human Services

More funding, more resources, more staff in child protection than ever before

The Hodgman Government is actively redesigning a child protection system that had failed under the previous Labor-Green Government.

Today there are more resources, more staff, and more funding than ever before, including recruitment of over 40 more staff to work in, or directly support, the frontline.

While Labor and the union are out today politicising vulnerable children and campaigning for more union members to fill their election coffers, and going soft on drugs, we are working to fix a system which the unions themselves claim was broken back in 2013.

We want to keep children out of the system in the first place, to keep them safe, and to do that we need to break the cycle of neglect and abuse, which sadly is often caused by drug use.

In fact at their State Conference earlier in the year, Labor voted in favour of the “…decriminalisation of small volume use and possession of illicit drugs”- which will decriminalise one of the biggest reasons children are in the child protection system in the first place.

We need to protect our children and ensure we have a strong child protection system in place,  to remove the scourge of drugs on society which will help prevent children being abused in the first place, and the Hodgman Liberal Government is focussed firmly on both.



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