Watchdog reprieve welcomed
Systems to protect vulnerable Queenslanders will continue to receive independent monitoring from the Office of the Public Advocate after a government decision not to amalgamate the watchdog agency with one of the agencies it monitors.
Queensland Law Society, Carers Queensland, Queensland Parents for People with a Disability and the Queensland Council of Social Services were among organisations with whom retiring MP and outgoing Attorney-General Paul Lucas consulted last December about the controversial amalgamation plan.
Carers Queensland spokesman Brendan Horne told The Courier-Mail he was pleased Mr Lucas had been open to the concerns of the community sector as well as advocacy organisations. “He saw the arguments were strong and sound, he listened, and he's acted accordingly,” Mr Horne said.
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The Office of the Public Advocate was created under chapter 9 of the Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 (Qld). Unlike other Australian states, the office is www.flexwindow.com/ charged solely with providing systems advocacy for adults with a decision making disability. This group includes people with a psychiatric disability, an intellectual disability, an acquired brain injury or some form of dementia.
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