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Destroying Social Services Madam Speaker there are currently 44 Child Protection positions vacant in Alice Springs alone. If 44 positions are vacant then child abuse reports are going without investigation. In real terms the Office of Children and Families budget is being cut by $9 million. And the budget papers confirm that this funding cut means 6000 child protection reports will not be investigated next year. The budget books predicted child protection reports will increase by 2000 up to 10 000. But the number of investigations will drop from 5 400 to 4000. Child abuse up. Child abuse investigations down. The CLP ignored the experts and put Children and Families into the Department of Education. Then they changed its name to Familes and Children. Then they changed it back again. And now without telling anyone they have taken the Office of Children and Families back out of education and made it a standalone department again. The CLP have spent far more energy on changing child protection letterhead than protecting children. Priorities dont get much more wrong. They have destroyed the Office of Children and Families. Morale is down across the whole of the public service but child protection is in complete crisis. The 44 vacant positions in Alice Springs are a direct result of the CLP Government. It is not just the Department that has suffered cuts. Our Non Government sector provides a wide range of vital child protection services. They have all had their funding slashed.
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