I have seen it suggested that had the cesspit that is “child protection” in far north Queensland been revealed prior to the election on Nov 24 we may well still have a coalition government in Canberra .
Because there is no doubt that the Labor government here in Queensland have resorted to denial and the cover-up if the report in today’s OZ is any measure the instruction by the Department of child safety that incidents of abuse should NOT be reported to police beggars belief and may well be a matter for criminal sanction it’s self.
The review team heard that hundreds of reports of children being sexually abused and neglected in Cape York communities last year were kept from police by Child Safety officers, who had been directed not to pass the reports to police or even talk to them.
According to the team’s 400-page report, Detective Sergeant David Harold from Cairns Child Protection Investigation Unit told the team that police became aware of “numerous child protection issues through the Cape we hadn’t been advised of”.
While there have been numerous cases where child safety officers had failed to pass evidence to police, Sergeant Harold said: “It got to a political level at that stage where I believe ministers got involved and certain people were told not to speak to police. My job was to track down each (medical) clinic in the Cape and I got that under way … but then there was some political issues where a directive came from Brisbane (that) ‘You are not allowed to talk to the police – don’t tell them anything’.”
Sergeant Harold said that even the clinics were eventually told not to advise police of any reports they had made of abused or raped children and which had been sent to the Department of Child Safety.
The alleged political issues and the ministerial directive came soon after senior Northern Territory prosecutor Nanette Rogers exposed the horror of indigenous violence, sparking widespread outrage in Australia and ultimately leading to the Howard government’s intervention in Territory communities.
This direction from the very top tiers of the state Labor government is just so contemptible that any sane person would expect that they should be thrown out of office on the strength of this scandal. Sadly we don’t exactly have the most competent opposition up here in the sunshine state, so I expect that the Labor party are likely to get away with this villainy.
Andrew Bolt is very fond of claiming that many of the so called “stolen generation” were taken to rescue them from just the sort abuse that is the centre of this scandal, and I am inclined to agree with his position and it is also easy to see that the evidence of the current situation is that there is at the very least an inertia amongst those who are charged with overseeing the welfare of the children in these remote communities that has resulted in a level of brutality, buggery, and neglect that we would not tolerate in our larger towns and cities.
When Sergeant Harold visited Aurukun on June 6 last year, he was told about the girl, and he asked why a report had not been sent to him, as was the normal procedure.He had the girl and her carer, her aunt, brought to the police station, and she told him of the rapes. That was when Sergeant Harold instructed that she be taken to Cairns. But it did not happen, and within the next 24 hours, she was raped again.
How can any society, that is worth it’s salt, not act and act decisively to ensure that its children are protected from such abuse? And how can a party that claims to have concern for the downtrodden as one of it’s central ethical foundations be so indifferent to these children in indigenous communities that they would sacrifice their virtue and safety for base political reasons? I will suggest that there is a mindset within the left that is so mired in the mythology of “the stolen generation” and so mired in the notion of “white guilt” about dispossessing the indigenous people from the land that they can’t do what needs to be done. It is effectively a racism of neglect and it should not be tolerated any longer.=
This anger just won’t go away Comrades