Media Conference today
Children and Young People (Safety Bill) 2017

The Law Society, Australian Medical Association (SA) and South Australian Council of Social Services this morning held a joint media conference, convened by the Society, to express grave concerns with the Government’s proposed child protection reforms and its failure to engage with key stakeholders who have identified serious flaws in the Children and Young People (Safety) Bill 2017.

LSSA President, Tony Rossi, Dr Michael Rice, a past President of the AMA(SA) and Ross Womersley, CEO of SACOSS spoke from the perspective of the legal, health and welfare bodies respectively.


The clear, consistent message was that stakeholders share serious concerns.  These include that the Bill does not focus on the rights of the child, vests discretion in the Chief Executive when Commissioner Nyland’s recommendations are clear that actions should be mandated, does not include any measures in relation to early intervention and prevention of harm to at-risk children.

Television news crews from ABC, SBS, Channel 10 and Channel 7 attended.  

We are extremely grateful for the contributions of the Society’s Children and the Law Committee, Members from the ALRM and others who work with and represent children and parents to the development of the Society’s position.

The Society intends to make written submissions to and appear before a Select Committee established by the Upper House to inquire into the Bill.

President Rossi’s statement to the media
Media Alert issued 22 February 2017, calling a media conference
A summary of the Society’s key concerns with the Bill