QLS commends steps towards improving child protection laws
13 May 2016
Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts has applauded two child protection bills passed by the Queensland Parliament this week – saying that any laws designed to protect children was for the good of the whole community.
The Director of Child Protection Litigation Bill 2016 and the Child Protection Reform Amendment Bill 2016 were introduced as a result of recommendations from the 2013 Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry and included key recommendations from the Queensland Law Society.
“I commend Parliament on passing these bills and in recognising the importance of protecting the children in our state,” Mr Potts said.
“The Society has long advocated for the improvement of child protection laws in Queensland and it is pleasing to take this step towards a common goal.”
The recently passed bills included recommendations around the right to disclosure, implementing one decision-maker for matters before QCAT and the Childrens Court, care management practices, models of representation and separate legal representation.
“These two bills were supported by the Society and it is our belief that they will simplify and improve not only the efficiency of court processes, but also access to justice for the parties and other involved individuals.” Mr Potts said.
“Protecting our children is everyone’s responsibility and we must all play a role in the nurture and protection of the children in our community.
“We will continue to advocate for evidence-based consistent approaches to the prevention of child abuse and neglect.”
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