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Labor’s Blue Card disgrace puts safety of kids at risk

12th May 2020

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington is warning Labor’s delays to fixing a loophole in their Blue Card system is putting the safety of children at risk.

The Palaszczuk Labor Government has covertly introduced a new regulation allowing them to push back the start of the ‘no card, no start’ policy until May 2021.

“I am deeply disturbed that Labor has delayed important Blue Card reforms for yet another year,” Ms Frecklington said.

“The delay to the ‘no card, no start policy’ seriously jeopardises the safety of Queensland children and makes a mockery of the Labor government’s priorities.

“It is a scary reality that children could be preyed on by dangerous sex offenders whose Blue Card applications are still pending.

“It’s a broken election commitment by the Palaszczuk Labor government but worse than that it puts vulnerable children at risk.

“This is not the first Blue Card bungle by Labor’s Attorney-General and the Premier should show some leadership and demand her resignation.”

LNP Shadow Attorney-General David Janetzki said thousands of Queenslanders could be working with children pending a blue card application outcome that disqualified them.

“It alarmingly takes on average four months to process applications that involve criminal histories,” Mr Janetzki said.

“Protecting our kids should be the priority for every government, but it’s clear that’s not the case in Queensland.

“While Labor are distracted by integrity scandals that have put the government in turmoil, they are missing out on important government reforms.”