Mason Jet Lee. Maddilyn-Rose Stokes. Just two of the nine children who died in suspicious circumstances in Queensland in the past 12 months.
Both were known to child services. Their parents have since been charged in relation to their deaths and are before the courts.
Now, the Palaszczuk Government has confirmed it will add an extra 292 staff members to the state’s child protection system over the next four years.
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The $200 million dollar investment will be pledged in the upcoming state budget with the injection to support frontline jobs.
Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman confirmed it will create senior Child Safety Officer positions.
“This is the biggest funding injection to support frontline and frontline support child safety jobs in over a decade” Ms Fentiman said.
However, Mudgeeraba MP and Shadow Child Safety Minister Ros Bates has slammed the claim of ‘record funding’ and has asked if it is actually ‘new money’.
“(The LNP) announced $406m in funding in 2014 and that funding doesn’t run out until 2018,” Ms Bates explains.
“How much of (Labor’s funding announcement) is new money and how much is rehashing?” she asked. “What has this minister done with the $406m left with her?”
Ms Bates has also highlighted the need to focus on keeping people in vital roles.
“At Mermaid Beach in the last 12 months, staff turn-over has reached 13,” she said.
“It’s not about just throwing money at the system. You’ve got to make sure it’s the right people, in the right jobs, with the right skills seeing these kids!”