Re-ordering of general business

30th March 2022

Mr GREG PIPER (Lake Macquarie) (15:25): I move:

That general business order of the day No. 10 (for bills) relating to the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Amendment (Family is Culture Review) Bill have precedence on Thursday 31 March 2022.

This bill has emanated from the other place, where it was introduced by Mr David Shoebridge. It is a response to a report entitledFamily is Culture: Independent Review into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care in New South Wales, which was triggered by the then Minister, the Hon. Brad Hazzard. The report from Professor Megan Davis came to the Government in 2019, and it is understood that it has not advanced in any significant way past its receipt. It is intended to be referred back to in 2024.

Mr David Shoebridge introduced this bill to try to deal with some of the most pressing issues around the protection and welfare of children, particularly First Nations children, who are moved into out-of-home care through our system. Forty per cent of children in out-of-home care descend from or identify as being First Nations persons. We need to do better than this. This bill achieves many of the aspirations of the report by Professor Megan Davis, and it is very important. With every day, every week and every year that goes by, there are hundreds more children who move into this space. It is incumbent upon this House to deal with this and hopefully resolve this matter for the good of all in the community. I ask the House to agree to this reordering motion.

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