Violence should not be rewarded
National Child Protection Week (September 1 to 7) was a chance to address issues that are too often hidden away, including the impact of domestic and family violence on Queensland kids.
Sadly, domestic and family violence is an issue that not only impacts partners and spouses but can also directly and indirectly impact Queensland's children.
The number of children subject to substantiated cases of harm or are at unacceptable risk of harm has started to creep up again.
It's therefore disturbing to know that perpetrators of domestic violence working in Queensland's public service can gain access to taxpayer funded Domestic and Family Violence leave.
No one in their right mind would think that giving perpetrators 10 days of tax payer funded leave to "rehabilitate" is a good idea.
Worse still, these perpetrators do not even have to prove that they have received counselling to stop them from committing future violence.
We need to all come together to protect Queensland's children.
Unfortunately, we are not seeing any significant gain following the LNP's Child Protection Inquiry where the LNP allocated $406 million to reform the system.
The child protection system needs to provide better protection and care, but sadly we are seeing more children entering care than ever before and their outcomes are not improving.
I'm calling on the Palaszczuk Labor government to review how and why Domestic and Family Violence leave is granted in the Queensland public service to perpetrators of violence.
If you, someone you know, or a child that you are aware of needs help, call DV Connect 1800 811 811 or Mensline 1300 789 978. If you believe a child is in immediate.
- S. Bennett, LNP child safety spokesman
Fireworks a fire risk
A total fire ban is just that - a total fire ban and that includes fireworks.
Why is there one rule for one and a different rule for another?
If fireworks are allowed then it is not a total fire ban, therefore we can burn our pile of rubbish in our drum as we do not have garbage service.
- K. Dodge, via Facebook
While I fully understand and agree about the fire ban and everyone's concerns, has anyone actually put any thought into the fact that having the fire works could be a good thing?
It will give people going through a rough time with the drought and what not and other issues a five minute escape from reality.
And sometimes that can be the difference between someone deciding it's to much and staying alive.
People in the towns out west do the same things once a year with the same conditions and the councils still do the fireworks so people zone out.
So before having a go at the council, have a think that maybe, just maybe, the fireworks could be the difference between a funeral and living for someone.
- D. Logan, via Facebook
Discussing it with firies is all well and good but as a resident living in the middle of the fires in Canungra I've been told not to mow, whipper snip or ride motorbikes for fear of sparks and starting or spreading fires. But fireworks are fine?
- C. Higgs, via Facebook
You guys have all been fantastic. Thank you so much for your help and support and patience putting up with us and all our questions of road closures and how can we get where we need to get to.
Thank you and the relocated animals we have managed to save.
- M. Elle, via Facebook
So sad. Glad everyone was evacuated.
- D. Brittain, via Facebook
My thoughts are with the families near the fires.
- S. Watt, via Facebook
Thanks for updates.
- P. Elliott, via Facebook