Member for Western Victoria
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party

Child Protection

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (09:35): I rise today to thank the Victorian commissioner for children and young people, Liana Buchanan. Ms Buchanan just announced that an emergency investigation will be taking place in response to children from residential care being exploited by pedophile rings. A network of offenders is reportedly lurking and taking up to 40 young vulnerable kids from residential care, and this investigation will hopefully show what happens when these kids go missing. The results will be harrowing no doubt. This inquiry is fantastic news, but it is also disappointing that the state government did not initiate something sooner. I can safely say that Victoria Police have known about this issue for four years, because when I was in a sexual offences and child abuse investigation team I would bring children back quite often to their residential care homes after spending time with random men, on several occasions in exchange for drugs and alcohol. I have said many times that SOCIT needs more resourcing to do this important work. I look forward to hearing the results of this inquiry and the implementation by the government as a matter of urgency.


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