Public Advocate position empty

THE Newman Government appears to be in breach of legislation aimed at protecting some of Queensland's most vulnerable people.

The Guardianship and Administration Act stipulates there "must be a Public Advocate" - a role heading an independent agency charged with monitoring systems, policies and processes affecting adults with impaired capacity.

But the post has been vacant since May 6 when Neroli Holmes, the current Deputy Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, finished in her role as acting Public Advocate.

A spokeswoman for Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie admitted there was no acting Public Advocate, but said "the office continues to fulfil its advocacy responsibilities".

However, support staff in the agency lack the powers legally attributed to the statutory role and cannot, for example, intervene in Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, coronial or other proceedings involving people with diminished capacity.

Read more at the Courier Mail


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