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Rockliff Must Step in on Police Minister’s Politicisation of Child Sexual Abuse

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Monday, 1 May 2023

Tags: Justice, Mandatory Minimum Sentencing, Child Abuse

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

The Greens might not see eye to eye with Attorney General Elise Archer on every issue – especially on mandatory minimum sentences.

We congratulate her, however, for taking a strong, principled stance on the politicisation of child sexual abuse while the Commission of Inquiry is preparing its report. Good on the AG. 

The Liberal Party and Gregory Brown should be ashamed of themselves. Their cynical attempts to capitalise politically on what is one of the most significant bodies of reform Tasmania has seen is revolting.

The most worrying part of this shameful saga, however, may be the over-enthusiastic support of Police Minister Felix Ellis. Fresh from encouraging illegal activity on the takayna coast, Felix Ellis took to social media to cheerlead his party’s gross political campaign.

It’s time to grow up, Felix.

Felix Ellis needs to realise it’s not all beach holidays and shit-posting anymore.

As Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management, he holds one of the most powerful positions in Cabinet.

While it’s one thing to be boasting on social media about sunning yourself, while the State grapples with a massive cybersecurity attack, it’s quite another to encourage illegal behaviour, vigilantism and to politicise child sexual abuse.

Felix Ellis’ ongoing immature and irresponsible behaviour is not fitting of a Minister of the Crown. It’s clear Premier Rockliff needs pull his childish Minister into line.