Congratulations from all right thinking people to Steve Bracks’ Government in Victoria. We’ll be accompanying our daughter Anna to the Children’s Hospital for her to participate in a ballet concert for the entertainment of the kids in the hospital as they battle various ailments from the painful to the life threatening.
Naturally during the ten minute performance (or perhaps before or after it) some of the parents’ minds might turn to child molesting. They might also go rummaging through the childrens’ records in flagrant violation of their right to privacy (Who amongst the parents can honestly say that they haven’t at least considered doing so at one time or another?).
Fortunately the government has stepped in to deal with the situation. Anna’s volunteer ballet troup must circulate and then record signed and witnessed statements from all of us parents (over the fold) that we’ve not been up to any nonsense, or ever been suspected of it and that we’ll respect the children’s privacy.
Naturally I breathed a big sigh of relief as my wife signed herself as the witness to my own declaration. Of course a child molester might sign a false declaration I guess, but then how are they going to get a witness? huh? Not only this but the government is committed to “removing unnecessary regulation”.
I s’pose a child molester might forge a witness’s signature.
Still, nothing’s perfect. And it’s a bit difficult to deliver on “removing unnecessary regulation” if you don’t create any. So full marks to the Bracks Government for doing all it can. Victorian Troppodillians can all sleep that little bit more soundly tonight knowing that child molesters have been stopped dead in their tracks (well the one’s that won’t sign false declarations anyway).
And that’s got to be good for all Victorians (well except the aforementioned class of child molesters).
Child Protection Assurance
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By accepting this placement, you are taken to have given the Children’s Foundation an assurance that you have not:
(a) Been found guilty by a Court of a sexual offence against the person of a student or child; or
(b) Been dismissed from any previous employment on the grounds that you were involved in improper conduct of a sexual nature with a student or child; or
(c) Retired or resigned from your previous employment following allegations that you were involved in improper conduct of a sexual nature with a student or child, or
(d) Been advised by any employer that your name has been included on a list of those not to be employed in a child-related area of activity.
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