Liberals continue child protection reform

The State Liberals are taking action on the Nyland Royal Commission Report with Shadow Attorney-General Vickie Chapman introducing three child protection bills in Parliament today. 

The Bills that will be introduced today are:

The Children’s Protection (Guardianship) Amendment Bill 2016 would allow for the use of Other Person Guardianship orders which have been recommended by Justice Nyland (153-157). These orders allow a carer (including a relative) to assume parental responsibility for a child until they turn 18, if a carer has been caring for a child for at least two years.

The Children’s Protection (Sharing of Information) Bill 2016 (Recommendation 242 of the Nyland Royal Commission) provides for the sharing of information between prescribed government and non-government agencies that have responsibilities for the health, safety and wellbeing of children.

The Limitation of Actions (Institutional Child Sexual Abuse) Bill 2016 would remove the restrictive statute of limitations for victims of institutional child sexual abuse. Under the current legislation, these victims are essentially stripped of any power to make claims for damages beyond three years after their 18th birthday.

“The Weatherill Government has been moving at a snail’s pace since receiving the Royal Commissioner’s full report more than six weeks ago, even admitting that it has formally accepted only 38 of the 260 recommendations in Justice Nyland’s report,” said Ms Chapman.

“This is totally negligent.

“On the other hand, the State Liberals have gotten on with the job of reforming South Australia’s child protection system.

“If the Weatherill Labor Government is genuine in saying it will act in a bipartisan manner on
child protection, then Labor will support these reforms so that they can be implemented as soon as possible.

“Failure to support these Bills will confirm that Labor is sadly playing politics with such an important issue.”