Ted Baillieu has announced a judicial inquiry into child protection in Victoria, complete with “policy implemented” faux-stamp on the media release. So the policy was to have a review. Great. Didn’t the Rudd government get mocked mercilessly for this?
More seriously, it will be interesting to see what the inquiry turns up. Before its election loss, the Brumby government had already begun to employ more child protection workers, as recommended by an ombudsman’s report in 2009. From what I recall, there’s also already a known issue with staff turnover, due to the inherently stressful working environment, low pay and poor conditions.
As such, the likely outcome of this inquiry will be that more money is required. We’ll see how serious the Baillieu government is about this issue then.