Further to Tony Tonkin's live feed on Wednesday 24th June, the Party has drafted a short letter that you can and should send to the child protection minister in your state. Feel free to copy and modify the letter at the end of this post and send it to your state minister.
You can contact the ministers at one of the addresses below:
- ACT Rachel Stephen-Smith, email@example.com
- NSW, you will have to fill out a form online here https://www.nsw.gov.au/nsw-government/ministers/minister-for-families-communities-and-disability-services
- NT Dale Wakefield firstname.lastname@example.org
- QLD Dianne Farmer email@example.com
- SA Rachel Sanderson firstname.lastname@example.org
- TAS Roger Jaensch email@example.com
- VIC Luke Donnellan firstname.lastname@example.org
- WA Simone McGurk email@example.com
Copy, and modify if you wish, the text below:
I am writing to you to protest the fact that I have not had access to my child since the ban on parental access was imposed after the start of the coronavirus pandemic in Australia.
The ban has definitely affected me emotionally and, I am certain, it has had a negative emotional impact upon my children.
I understand the need for social distancing to minimise the spread of the virus but I do not understand why a parent should be banned from seeing their child who is in care. There is no reason that I can see why I should be refused access to my child.
The right and proper thing to have done was to allow me access to my child as long as I was wearing a mask, using hand sanitiser and so on.
Banning access is grossly unfair and is damaging to children and their parents.
Lift the ban now!