March 01, 2012
THE Baillieu Government will tighten laws that have allowed convicted sex offenders and other criminals to get working-with-children permits.
New laws will be designed to tip the balance back in favour of children and families at the expense of those seeking the permits. It follows a string of decisions by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to overturn permit refusals.
Attorney-General Robert Clark said the permit system should look after the interests of children and their families.
“The tests that apply under the current law are too focused on the interests of the individuals who apply for checks,” Mr Clark said.
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