The NSW Opposition has proposed a new reform intomajor child protection.
The proposal wouldsee a parent or guardianwith a previous conviction for a serious violent offence against their own childhave any future children automatically removed from them.
Opposition leader Luke Foley said it was a step forward in protecting children.
“There is no higher duty for the state than to protect our children,” he said.
“It is my strong belief our child protection measures need to change.”
He said there were a few cases that opened his eyes to the urgency of the matter.
“Last week I met with the mother of Ikicia Leach who was murdered at seven weeks old by her own father,” he said.
“I also met with the maternal grandparents of Bailey Constable, who was killed by his step father Nathan Forrest at four years of age.
“Speaking with these grieving families has convinced me of the urgency of this proposed reform.
“We simply cannot allow parents who have taken the life of an innocent child through either murder or neglect to have the chance to harm another child.”
NSW Labor releaseda child protection reform discussion paper, and begana process of consultation with a range of stakeholders, interest groups and child protection experts.
Labor will also gather a “child protection roundtable” to discuss the best way forward for child protection reform in this state.
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