Child Protection Minister Sue Ellery has called on Liberal MPs to stop being weak on protecting Western Australia’s children and support the Parental Support and Responsibility Bill 2005.
The Bill passed through the Legislative Assembly for the second time today, with 11 of the 50 Upper House amendments supported and 39 opposed, five of which were substituted.
“The Liberal Party has missed another opportunity to stand up and be counted when it comes to protecting WA’s most vulnerable, but they chose not to,” Ms Ellery said.
“Some Liberal members voiced their opposition to the Government’s efforts to put back in the guts of the Bill, which the Liberals had tried to strip in the Upper House, but they wouldn’t divide and have their opposition to protecting children publicly recorded.
“The Liberals are continuing to demonstrate their weak stand on law and order, especially when it comes to protecting the interests of children in WA.
“It is now time for Paul Omodei to stand up and be a leader.
“The Liberals have not been counted as opposing the Government’s leadership on the issue, so their Legislative Council members should now follow suit and accept the outcomes from the Legislative Assembly.”
The Minister said the stand by Liberals in WA was a betrayal of the Federal Government’s legislation to quarantine welfare payments to ensure that income support went towards the essential needs of children.
“The Carpenter Government has agreed to co-operate with the Australian Government’s welfare quarantine laws,” she said.
“We need strong laws to engage parents with parenting services.
“Strong and effective mandatory systems that impose requirements and make sure there are the services to help parents are the key to meeting those requirements.
“It appears Paul Omodei and the Liberals in WA don't support John Howard’s system either.”
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