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Safe Pathways

Out-of-Home Care Monitoring and Oversight

Parliamentary Activity - Can you explain to the House why almost three years after the Safe Pathways scandal and subsequent strong recommendations from the then Commissioner for Children and Young People, Mark Morrisey, there is still no effective monitoring and...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 29 Oct 2019

Labor Matter of Public Importance - Vulnerable People

Parliamentary Activity - We have examined in some detail the Auditor-General's report which followed the allegations surrounding the for-profit provider Safe Pathways and the political mishandling of that situation.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 25 Sep 2018

Child Protection - Total Support Services

Parliamentary Activity - The allegation made by both a social worker and a departmental source is that Total Support Services is exposing children with disabilities who are on care and protection orders to inappropriate discipline.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 24 May 2018

Actions of Minister Petrusma

Parliamentary Activity - We have just heard the Minister for Human Services try to justify not telling parliament the truth over the wellbeing of 11 at-risk children.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 8 Aug 2017

Child Protection - Safe Pathways

Parliamentary Activity - Tasmanians now know as a result of the ABC obtaining leaked departmental documents you misled parliament over the wellbeing of 11 children who had been placed with Safe Pathways last year.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 8 Aug 2017

Resignation of the Commissioner for Children

Media Release - It is a sad day for Tasmania's children and young people with the sudden resignation of Commissioner, Mark Morrissey.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 Aug 2017

Child Protection - Safe Pathways Still in Operation

Parliamentary Activity - An email sent to staff on 13 March makes clear that Safe Pathways is still doing business here, yet on 22 December last year the Minister said, 'No new placements would be made with Safe Pathways.'

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 Mar 2017

Liberals Treat Public's Right to Know with Contempt

Media Release - Late yesterday, the Tasmanian Greens finally received the response to a Right to Information request we lodged on the 22nd of November last year.  It was almost three months behind the timeframe for the release of information under the Act...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 10 Mar 2017

Liberals Break Right to Information Law

Media Release - The Liberals have instituted a culture of secrecy and contempt for Right to Information which is infecting the entire government.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 8 Mar 2017

Premier Hodgman Undercuts Human Services Minister on Child Protection

Media Release - Premier Will Hodgman yesterday used weasel words to suggest his government would in fact not be implementing and funding all seven of the Commissioner for Children and Young People's recommendations, directly contradicting his Minister for...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 1 Feb 2017

Commissioner for Children's Report Exposes Urgent Need for Funding

Media Release - The report into Tasmania’s crisis-driven child protection and out of home care system by the Commissioner for Children and Young People demands urgent attention.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 31 Jan 2017

RoGS Reinforces Government's Failure to Keep Vulnerable Children Safe

Media Release - The Report on Government Services (RoGS) chapter on child protection services released today illustrates enduring and serious issues that need to be sensitively examined and addressed.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 24 Jan 2017

Still Too Many Unanswered Questions on Safe Pathways

Media Release - Five months after concerns were first raised with the government about the treatment of vulnerable children in the care of for-profit provider, Safe Pathways, many questions remain unanswered.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 Jan 2017

Petrusma's Child Protection Crisis

Media Release - The Performance Measures for Child Protection in the DHHS Annual Report make it clear the system designed to protect some of Tasmania's most vulnerable children, is in significantly worse shape than it was under the previous government.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 7 Dec 2016

Petrusma Must Cancel Safe Pathways' Contract

Media Release - The Minister for Human Services has no choice but to accept responsibility for the Safe Pathways scandal and cancel the government contract with the for-profit provider.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 1 Dec 2016

Child Protection - Safe Pathways

Parliamentary Activity - This week, the manifest failings of Tasmania's child protection and out-of-home-care system were revealed to a national audience and to Tasmanians.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Nov 2016

Child Protection - Safe Pathways

Parliamentary Activity - Could you please detail to the House when the funding agreement with Safe Pathways commenced and the total value of this agreement?

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 Nov 2016

Safe Pathways Funding not Reaching Kids

Parliamentary Activity - Yesterday the Minister told the House all 11 children currently in the care of Safe Pathways would be visited by a Child Protection officer. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 Nov 2016

Child Protection - Safe Pathways

Parliamentary Activity - I listened very carefully to your response to the Opposition Leader's questions on Safe Pathways and the allegations raised in Four Corners last night. You say Safe Pathways is already being investigated.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 Nov 2016

No Role for Profit Making in Child Protection

Media Release - Chronic, systemic underfunding of child protection in Tasmania has laid the ground for businesses to profit from the abuse and neglect of children who are in the Out of Home Care system.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 Nov 2016