Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and executive director of child protection lobby group Bravehearts, Hetty Johnston, are calling for changes to child protection laws following the tragic suspected murder of Tiahleigh Palmer.
Ms Palaszczuk has ordered an urgent briefing on the case of the 12-year-old, who was found on the bank of the Pimpama river on October 30.
“There’s not a person throughout this state that is not touched by what has happened to this poor young girl,” Ms Palaszczuk said. “I want to get to the bottom of it. I am getting a full and detailed brief about it as quickly as possible.”
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Ms Johnston also said that there needs to be an urgent change to legislation when it comes to foster children, with police only issuing a missing persons alert on the day Tiahleigh’s body was found.
“It’s a very clumsy system and it’s not in the best interests of the child,” Ms Johnston said.
It’s believed the young girl had a ‘complicated’ family background and had run away from home before, making it harder for her foster parents to raise the alarm.
Investigations into the suspected murder of Tiahleigh are continuing, with police requesting footage from anyone who may have been in the area around the time she disappeared to come forward.