Aboriginal organisations and legal groups are call on the New South Wales government to abandon its controversial changes to child protection which will ensure a permanent home for all children within two years - something Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi supports, so they are not bounced around the out-of-home care system for years on end.
The Guardian reports, according to an open letter signed by Indigenous and community organisations and more than 1,600 individuals the government is “on a dangerous path to ruining lives and tearing families apart”.
The NSW families minister, Pru Goward, said her department “leads the nation” in supporting permanency, and has set a target of more than 1,000 open adoptions from out-of-home care over the next four years.
“Unfortunately, there are some parents that continually apply to a court to stall the adoption process,” Goward wrote in the Daily Telegraph. “This is particularly destabilising for a child or young person".
“We are changing the law so the children’s court will be given the power to dismiss such an application in circumstances where the application is frivolous or vexatious,” she said.
Senator Bernardi has told Paul Murray Live on Sky News it's important all of our children are protected, for their own sake.
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