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Brahminy Program (Bring them Home)
Type of vote: Motion (Amendment)
Moved by: Liberals
Wednesday, 14 October 2020
An Amendment was proposed by the Minister for Human Services:
(1) By leaving out paragraph (7).
(2) In paragraph (8), by leaving out “to bring these children home, and”.
That the House:
(1) Notes Tasmania is the only State still sending children on care and protection orders to the Brahminy program, at a cost of $5000 per week.
(2) Recognises that reliable witnesses have produced compelling evidence that Allen Brahminy has fabricated a background story.
(3) Further notes that participants in the program have alleged mistreatment, and it is alleged that communications with families are monitored to deter raising complaints.
(4) Further recognises this style of ‘tough love’ program is decades out of date and not conducive to current understanding of behavioural therapy.
(5) Acknowledges that Section 10G of the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act 1997 requires the placement of an Aboriginal child, as far as practicable, with a member of the child’s family or in accordance with local community practice.
(6) Further recognises with concern that the Commissioner for Children and Young People has no jurisdiction to monitor out-of-state programs.
(7) Agrees there is no justification for sending children and young people to the Brahminy program.
(8) Calls on the Minister for Human Services, Hon. Roger Jaensch MP to bring these children home, and to investigate any and all allegations of misconduct or maltreatment by this program.
(9) Further calls on the Gutwein Government to establish and fund a culturally appropriate bush therapy program based in Tasmania for at risk young people in the out of home care system.