Qld govt slammed over distressing child safety incident, Gold Coast

Queensland’s Shadow Health Minister has hit out at the government, following revelations a group of homeless kids under the care of Child Safety have been living in a tent outside a Gold Coast department office.

In a photo published by the Gold Coast Bulletin, the group have pitched a tent in plain site of a Child Safety department office on the Gold Coast.

It’s understood they’d previously sought refuge in a bikie drug house, before deciding they felt safer in a tent.


The Child Safety department is reportedly aware of the group and have attempted to source homes for them, telling the boys to come to them for food if they need.

Shadow Health Minister and Mudgeeraba MP Ros Bates says it’s a disgrace that the government isn’t doing more.

“Labor must treat these latest cases on the Gold Coast as a priority, because young lives depend upon it.

“We can’t wait for a child to die before something is finally done to help these young kids who are being left behind,” Ms Bates said.


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A group of kids? Child safety concerns? How old are they? If 16 or over they are not children. They are young adults and I am tired of hearing them referred to as children because of some law.