Maintaining Our Eye On The ball
Regardless of what is happening around us it is imperative that we maintain our eye on the ball and continue to focus on producing and advocating for better outcomes for children.
The mental well-being, the continual education of all children is paramount. During times like this we need to be creative and connected with our community.
Rather than becoming frustrated and angry we need to find those people who can listen to our frustrations and not judge us.
We have executive members scattered around the country who are available to listen to you. Lock down may cause you to feel isolated and alone but we are as close to you as an Internet connection or a phone call. In order to bridge that gap we are providing a forum on Wednesday nights when people like you can connect with us and others like you about the issues which are concerning you.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful team who supports all the work we do at the Child Protection Party. These are volunteers who are dedicated towards improving the outcomes for children. If you wish to play a role with the Child Protection Party in your state please contact us and we will connect you with the team leader for your state. Email the Party Secretary, Avery Hilditch, at email@example.com or call him on 0416 113 513.
I know what it feels like to be overwhelmed and to wonder if the work we do will bring about the change we require. I often think that if we don’t try we will never know. The inequities and injustices within our systems of government will never change if all of us sit back and do nothing. As a group and particularly as a registered political party we will bring about effective and lasting change.
Issue 7 | Volume 6 | 2021
Kill the Bill
There is a Bill going through the Federal Parliament right now with one aim:
To kill democracy in our great nation.
At present, for a minor party to register as a federal party, they must recruit a minimum of 500 members.
This bill, the Electoral Registration Amendment (Party Registration Integrity) Bill 2021 will, if passed into law, increase the minimum number to 1500 members.
The title of the Bill suggests that there is a lack of integrity in the people who found a minor party. It also suggests that supporters and members of minor parties also lack integrity.
Increasing the minimum number of members to 1500 will not improve the integrity of a party. It will only serve to make it more difficult for interest groups such as the Child Protection Party (or other minor parties like the Australian Progressives or Animal Justice Party) to register federally and fight for the changes they seek in federal legislation.
Why is this Bill Undemocratic?
If a party is registered, the names of its candidates appear below the line. It was proven long ago that in elections for upper house seats (the seats that minor parties generally contest), 95% of voters vote above the line.
Having the party name above the line greatly enhances a party's chances of achieving a significant number of 1st preference votes. In the last SA election, the Child Protection Party was above the line and achieved 16000 1st preference votes. Had we not been registered, the Party candidates' names would have been lost among the 40+ other candidates that stood for election and we would never have gained the votes we did.
Although this party is no longer federally registered, the day may come when we want to seek federal registration so we are vehemently opposed to this Bill. We are currently working on a submission opposing this Bill. We are also working on a petition, with other minor parties, to oppose this egregious piece of proposed legislation. That petition will be shared on our social media platforms and website. When you see it, please sign it and share it.
Based on previous experience, I am convinced that state and territory legislatures will follow suit and raise the minimum number of members for state or territory registration, all done to keep minor parties (which means the 1 in 6 of you who vote for minor parties) out of the political arena.
Late News: I have just learned that the Australian Labor Party is supporting the Bill so this Bill will, very likely, pass into law. It will be a very sad day for Australian democracy if that happens.
Child Protection Party
0416 113 513
At 3 am on the 16 August 2021, Wallabies (Rugby Union) 1999 World Cup winner Tongan, Totai Kefu and his family, who reside in Coorparoo QLD, were the subjects of a home invasion robbery.
Kefu suffered serious stab wounds requiring surgery and hospitalisation, his family including his wife, son (21 years) and daughter (18 years) were also attacked and required surgery and hospitalisation; all family members are expected to make a full recovery.
The four intruders attacked Kefu and his family with a knife, axe, and machete.All intruders are teenagers; three boys are 15 years of age, and one boy is 13 years of age; three of the boys are from the Ipswich area and the other boy from the Logan area.
The boys have been charged with 44 offences including attempted murder and grievous bodily harm.One of the 15-year-old boys is on bail with previous offences of property crime, violence, and a breach in curfew conditions.Detective Superintendent Fleming stated:
“It is very uncommon to have violence to this extreme, with injuries to this extreme, but we do know some young people are carrying knives and weapons and sadly today is an example of the worst of that type of offending.”
Personally, I would consider this home invasion as an extremely violent attack on all members of a family; the crime was premeditated and intentional, the boys were significantly armed and dangerous; at least one boy has a criminal history, and all boys had every intention to cause harm and death.
This home invasion leads me to question if Australia should raise the age of criminal responsibility in Australia; the age of criminal responsibility in Australia is currently 10 years of age.In other countries the age of criminal responsibility varies from 6 years of age in Mexico to 18 years of age in Peru, Colombia, Brazil & Argentina:https://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Crime/Age-of-criminal-responsibility
For information,“the age of criminal responsibility refers to the minimum age at which a child can be held criminally responsible and therefore be liable to be charged with a criminal offence.”In 2019, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, Australia raise the criminal age of responsibility to 14 years of age.
We would love to hear your opinion on this topic.
Queensland Team Leader
Age of Criminal Responsibility
Why I Am Part Of This Party
In the next few weeks my dear 88 year old mother will probably have reached the end of her life. It’s a rather surreal and depressing time. My sister and I each do 8 hour shifts at her bedside armed with a Woolies sized bag of medication designed to keep her comfortable till the end.
My mainland brother has been allowed into Tasmania on compassionate grounds. He does the night shift but can only be with our mum by himself and we're not to have any physical contact with him for 14 days. It makes getting food and petrol quite difficult while he can only make the solo trip from my mother's place to our lonely shack 45 minutes’ drive away.
It’s quite strange. My sister was worried about mum dying on her watch and whether the police will question her.
Mum is easily the oldest resident in the street and has lived in the same house her entire life.
She recently spent a week in the Royal Hobart Hospital. Within no time morphine seemed the popular option to keep her comfortable. Doctors were prescribing it and nurses were using it despite my mother being drug free for 10 years.
My sister is obsessed with doing the very best she can.
No old aged home was good enough.
Like someone with German heritage my sister has a ‘take no prisoners’ approach and was telling hospital staff how my mother was best treated, what she’d be eating, cared for, cleaned and ‘no drugs’.
She wasn’t popular but she didn’t care. Mum was given a few days to live just a few weeks ago. So we got her out of there real fast and took her home.
So why am I telling you this?
I was very lucky to have a wonderful childhood in the northern suburbs of Hobart. Although we went to ordinary schools and lived in an ordinary weatherboard 1950s house I had extraordinary parents who gave us their everything. No divorce, no violence, no drugs, no fags or alcoholism and few problems. Mum grew up in meagre times; she scrimped and saved and would cross the road to buy a bag of apples if they were 5 cents cheaper in the shop over the road.
As kids we used to moan about the winter weather, "Why can't we live on the mainland?" Occasionally we'd have visitors from Victoria who'd rave about the beautiful scenery, the hills and mountains. "Why on earth would anyone like hills?" I'd wonder. They were just awful things I'd had to walk up. Our dinghy was something we used to get food from the sea and oysters from the shore at the front of our Oyster Cove shack.
Sometimes if we were lucky our mum would buy a Kellogg’s variety pack and we'd all have a quarter share of the tiny pack of Coco Pops because no one wanted the All Bran. Every Sunday we'd get marched off to St Peter's Lutheran Church where we learned to forgive everyone and sing. The place was full of Germans and German food and we'd always be taking off their heavy accents to the disapproving glares of our parents.
We always had other friends and relatives and their kids around, they gravitated to our home like prodigal sons and daughters. Mum cooked them meals, she lived in the kitchen or by the side of the twin tub washing machine and we all had a lot of fun. Many of our friends came from broken homes or they preferred mum's food.
Fast forward to the last few years of our involvement with the child protection machine.
You know the stories…you've heard them so many times. Starved of the oxygen of publicity, injustices are common place in closed so called 'courts' where the rules of evidence don't apply, where cats stuck up a tree or smiling politicians are more newsworthy than any of the 1300 children involved in our child protection industry.
So as my mum is about to depart us I look around this familiar, silent old house, I spent the best part of my life in and I thank my lucky stars for the upbringing, the stability and sense of morality I have today.
The Child Protection Party is a world’s first dedicated to a first rate childhood! I don't know about you but I'm tired of seeing the happy politicians on every page of our local newspapers promising their eternal help and support but delivering less.
I thank my lucky stars that I know what a great childhood is and what a great family feels like and why it’s so important to get it right!
The CPP is a party for the future.
That’s why I’m part of it.
Smile and have a happy Spring!
...and thanks for everything Mum!
Tasmanian Team Leader
You’re meant to help kids not ruin their lives, one father said
I was recently sent a video from a concerned couple who filmed a removal between the police and who they referred to themselves as child protection practitioners or social workers on their front doorstep of the house.
Although I don’t really comment on individual cases due to the public nature of this, I think it is crucial.
The police and child protection officials arrived on the families doorstep around 10:30 pm to remove the children from the house due to what was portrayed as allegations which were received, which seems the department was keeping a close record of. Still, no charges have been or were laid.
I counted in the video two social workers and what was at least five-six police officers in attendance. The conversation started off from what you could describe as being read from a script, so far devoid of any humanness, compassion and empathy towards either parent. You have to wonder where the value of “Respect for persons” is portrayed in this video promoted by the Australian Association of Social Workers.
I must have to critically ask how the actions played out in this video come from a place of love, concern, and empathy for persons. From what I gathered, an already traumatised family was bombarded with power, red tape, and bureaucracy.
The practitioners spoke of alleged family violence. Granted, there may have been some issues that need addressing, but what is far more traumatising and violent is arriving at a private residence with a group of police officers. The social worker advised she would be “taking into custody” those parents children and the children dressed and packed up by police and taken away that evening. How traumatic.
Another phrase that was used during the conversation was “non-engagement” As a social worker, I have to critically reflect on this phrase. Do the parents and children not want to engage because the social worker is just not trained properly? Not professional? Speaks like they are reading from a script? How often have you got angry at somebody in a “people role” only to feel like they are just reading from a script something they have just been trained to say but not actually doing any to help you or your situation?
The lead police officer even admitted in the video he knows nothing of this situation, so one wonders how this family got to the point of child removal so late at night without the police being called out due to an incidence of family violence.
This is just one scenario being played out in Australia right here, right now, today. I would encourage everybody to join CPP who are here to keep all Australian Child Protection Departments honest.
Clinton de Young
Team Leader WA
Something that has always puzzled me is that we have over 8300 followers on Facebook, a 100 or so on Twitter, a 100 or so on Instagram and 1000s of members of other Facebook groups who follow our work.
But we have only 1140 members which begs the question "Since we have so/ many followers on social media platforms, why is our membership so comparatively small?
We regularly see posts on social media describing the iniquities of the child protection system in Australia, how much people despise the system and how they want to see it change so why aren't they joining the ONLY party in Australia whose focus is on changing the child protection system in Australia?
Instead of you being a lone voice in the wilderness crying out against the child protection system, join the Child Protection Party and become part of the movement to force change in the system. Join the Party and take an active role in the Party. Become a team member and help grow the Party, increase our numbers, promote the party at every opportunity you can. Share our Facebook stories among your family, friends, work colleagues and on all the groups you belong to on social media platforms like Facebook.
Without you, we will achieve very little. With you we can work wonders.
Who Can Join The Party?
Any permanent resident of Australian over the age of 16 can join. You can be a member of another party although we would prefer it if you were only a member of the Child Protection Party. You don't have to be enrolled to vote although, again, we would prefer that you are enrolled since your vote for us counts
What Is the Advantage of Full Membership?
For you, maybe nothing. However, for the Party, your Full membership means that at election time, you can vote for the Party. Without your vote, we will never win a seat in any Parliament which means we have little to no chance of ever effecting change in the child protection system anywhere in the country.
Can I Join?
Sure. As long as you meet our requirements, you can join by filling out the form here.
Membership starts at only $12/year, payable annually. If you do decide to join, please ensure you read the notes on the application form first.
The Party cannot achieve its aims without appropriate funding. The Party spends 1000s of dollars each year, the bulk of which comes from just 3 members of the Party executive. A few people have made some small donations which obviously helps a little.
Due to the lack of funds and the expenses those 3 executives incur, we reluctantly decided to introduce membership fees in December 2019. Since that date, we have raised a little over $500, nowhere near enough to fund the work we do let alone an election campaign so please consider making a donation. Your donation, large or small, will help us achieve our aims. Also, donations are tax-deductible.
DO YOU HAVE FUNDRAISING SKILLS?
If you do and you are willing to spend an hour or so each week to help the Party raise the funds we need, please email the Secretary at
Feel free to share this newsletter with your family, friends and colleagues because the more people see that it, the greater our chance of growing the Party membership. Greater membership increases our chances of getting someone elected into Parliament and having someone i a state or federal Parliament gives us the chance of changing the system.
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