It has only taken Premier Jeremy Rockliff one month to renege on his commitment to uphold all 191 recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry report.
The Rockliff Liberal Government’s reappointment of the Commissioner of Children and Young People without advertising for the role is a direct contravention of recommendation 18.7 of the Commission of Inquiry report1
The Commission of Inquiry also contained numerous recommendations relating to the establishment of a new Commission for Children, and the reappointment of a Commissioner for a further five years also brings these recommendations into doubt.
If the Premier is willing to ignore these recommendations, which of the other recommendations will he also throw out if it suits his agenda?
The Commissioner of Children and Young People plays a vital role in protecting the safety of children and Leanne McLean has earned great respect for her many achievements over the last five years.
Without doubting Ms McLean’s suitability for the role, process matters and it is extremely concerning that the government hasn’t wholeheartedly adopted the commissioners’ clear recommendations regarding appointments.
After 10 years in office, the Tasmanian Liberal Government has earned itself a terrible reputation when it comes to transparency, and this decision confirms that a leopard never changes its spots.
Premier Rockliff committed to following all 191 recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry.
If he’s fallen at the first hurdle, how can Tasmanians believe he will stay true to his word on the other recommendations?
Sarah Lovell MLC
Shadow Minister for Children and Youth