Blue Card legislation needs to protect Queensland kids

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LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the protection of vulnerable kids should be the priority for every government.

"It's disappointing that it's taken over a year for Annastacia Palaszczuk to amend blue card laws following the review handed down in September 2017," Ms Frecklington said.

"That review was instigated following the tragic death of Tiahleigh Palmer.

"We've seen scandal after scandal and confirmation that thousands of Queenslanders have been working with children without a Blue Card.

"Blue cards should be a privilege not a right."

LNP Shadow Attorney-General David Janetzki said Labor's new laws would still allow convicted murderers and rapists to apply and be considered for a blue card in Queensland.

"Labor have failed to close that loophole, as recommended in their own review. That's clearly not good enough," Mr Janetzki said.

"The new disqualifying framework also doesn't include serious violent offences including manslaughter and choking, suffocation and strangulation in a domestic setting.

"It's clear that Labor's new blue card laws don't go far enough."

Background – https://www.qfcc.qld.gov.au/sites/default/files/final_report_BC_review.pdf

 
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