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Intervention on child protection should not be confined to Aboriginal communities.

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Senator Andrew Bartlett Deputy Parliamentary Leader and Democrats Senator for Queensland Australian Democrats spokesperson for Indigenous Affairs

Dated: 12 December 2007 Portfolio: Children & Youth Affairs Related: Indigenous Affairs

Intervention on child protection should not be confined to Aboriginal communities Queensland Democrat Senator Andrew Bartlett says the latest controversy about a child sexual assault case in Aurukun should not blind us to the fact that the failure to address shocking cases of child abuse and sexual assault of children is occurring in all parts of Australian society.

"Before the election, all political parties agreed there should be a national Royal Commission into our widespread systemic society-wide failures on child protection," Senator Bartlett said.

"Widespread, serious child abuse and assault is occurring throughout our society. Focusing outrage on a scandal in one specific case should not divert attention, awareness or action away from a wider problem which we are far too ready to pretend does not exist.

"Child protection failures are widespread and chronic in virtually all parts of Australia. Only by developing a national approach, properly involving the community as well as government, will we get the sort of change that children deserve and need," Senator Bartlett concluded.

Printed: 14 January 2008

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