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Vulnerable Children

Resignation of the Commissioner for Children

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

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

Over three years in the position, Mr Morrissey has been the strongest possible advocate for all Tasmania's children and young people, but most specifically those at risk of neglect, abuse, homelessness and a child safety system that is failing them.

Tasmania is losing the experience and skills of a dedicated, highly qualified professional in a portfolio that is crying out for strong advocacy. 

Commissioner for Children's Report Exposes Urgent Need for Funding

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Human Services spokesperson

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.

For too long, the State has failed vulnerable children and young people in its care.  In some cases, such as the Safe Pathways scandal, the State stands guilty of neglect.

Still Too Many Unanswered Questions on Safe Pathways

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Human Services spokesperson

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.

While 11 children have been removed from Safe Pathways following scandalous allegations of neglect of children and young people, the organisation is still apparently operating in Tasmania and Tasmanians are being kept in the dark.

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