“Queensland Election Policies on Child Offending Spark ‘Race to the Bottom’ Concerns”

Australia, Human Rights

Article: In a recent development in the Queensland election campaign, policies aimed at addressing child offending have been heavily criticized by National Children’s Commissioner, Anne Hollonds, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Katie Kiss. The commissioners have labeled these policies as a ‘race to the bottom,’ expressing concern over their potential impact. This controversy comes amidst the tragic deaths of three children in Sydney’s west, a stark reminder that children are not just witnesses to domestic, family, and sexual violence, but victims themselves. The commissioners’ comments underscore the need for a more nuanced and comprehensive approach to addressing child offending, one that prioritizes the rights and wellbeing of vulnerable children. This development adds a new dimension to the ongoing Queensland election campaign, with human rights and child welfare now taking center stage.