Parliamentary hearing into Children and Young People (Safety) Bill 2017

President Tony Rossi and Children and the Law Committee Chair Jennifer Olsson appeared before the Select Committee on Statutory Child Protection and Care in Parliament yesterday to give evidence in relation to the Children and Young People (Safety Bill). Among the key concerns raised by the President was the inclusion of a provision that gave the Department of Child Protection immunity from civil liability. Read the President’s opening statement here. The Advertiser reported today that the Attorney General would “amend the Bill accordingly” in light of concerns raised by the Society. While the Society is pleased with this development, we eagerly await details of the proposed amendments and expect that the provision granting immunity to the Department will be removed altogether.