Labor calls for toughening of rules for those wanting to work with children

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Speaking in Parliament today, Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services Tania Mihailuk has called on Mike Baird to broaden the range of offences that would preclude individuals from appealing a refused Working With Children Check application.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services Tania Mihailuk:

“Over the past few weeks we have seen very troubling reports about offenders with very serious criminal histories – some of them sexual assaults against children – being granted a Working With Children Check on appeal to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.[1]

“Some of the cases brought to light include offenders with convictions for murder, child molestation and serious sex assaults.”

“Common sense tells us these offenders should not be in a position to work with children.”

“The Government must expand the offences that would prevent these kinds of offenders from being able to appeal a refused Working With Children Check.”

“Labor is calling on the government to preclude individuals with previous convictions for murder, child sex offences, and other certain serious sex offences, from seeking an appeal to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.”

“We need to be clear about the kinds of jobs and volunteer positions we’re talking about here: the local surf club, kids’ sporting clubs and youth centres.” 

“We need to be absolutely sure that the people taking up these most trusted positions in our society are fit and proper persons who pose no threat to the safety of our children.”  

[1] The Sunday Telegraph, 7 June 2015: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/rapists-paedophiles-killers-wife-beaters-and-baby-bashers-cleared-to-work-with-children/story-fnpn118l-1227386433490