media release

Deadline for Weatherill on new Department

Jay Weatherill must have established a new Department of Child Protection before State Parliament resumes on the 20th of September or hand in his resignation.
Jay Weatherill missed the first deadline for the implementation of the principal recommendation of the Royal Commission when he failed to establish the new department before Margaret Nyland released her final report.
When the interim report was released Premier Weatherill stated:
“Implementing this recommendation ahead of receiving the final report will allow us to have the agency better placed to deliver on the important reforms that will be required.” (Advertiser 21 June 2016)
“That opportunity has now gone begging and with critical legislation to reform child protection to be introduced when Parliament resumes and it would be an abject failure if the Weatherill Government misses this deadline,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.
“Jay Weatherill won’t be able to properly implement the other recommendations until this is done.
“If Jay Weatherill can’t establish a new Department of Child Protection in more than 90 days he is unfit to be Premier.
“Jay Weatherill also needs to appoint a single Minister for child protection to oversee the building of the new Department.
“All current and future Families SA employees must also be thoroughly vetted before being employed in the new Department.
“Families SA has a rotten culture that must not be transferred into the new Department.
“The assessment of the competency of all current Families SA staff before the new Child Protection Department is established must begin now.
“Failure to deliver on any of these requirements is just further proof the Weatherill Government lacks the will, the courage and the vision to reform South Australia’s deeply dysfunctional child protection system.”