Mason Lee horror can't be repeated: Protesters make a stand
MORE than a hundred people have gathered to drive home the message: We've had enough.
The Act for Mason walk brought people from across south east Queensland to take action and move for Mason Jet Lee's Law to be passed in parliament.
The group of mothers who formed Act for Mason, including Jemma Devine, said they would not sit idly by any more and wanted answers about child protection from the Queensland Government.
"This is about getting together as a community and standing firm in the fact that we will not tolerate this anymore and we will keep going, and going, and going until something happens," Jemma said.
Shadow Minister for Child Safety Ros Bates addressed the crowd and said last year she tabled a petition with over 30,000 signatures on it calling on the government to make sure cases like that of Mason Jet Lee never happens again.
"This morning marks 12 months since Mason Jet Lee was admitted into hospital with horrific injuries," she said.
"That little boy was in hospital for three and a half weeks and was sent home for another four months of abuse.
"Today we are walking in honour of Mason here at ground zero at Caboolture."
Ms Bates said she still didn't know whether the Minister for Child Safety Shannon Fentiman and her department had actually put in place policies and procedures to make sure that cases like that of Mason Jet Lee do not happen again.
"And that is just not good enough."
Act for Mason co-ordinator Katherine Christensen said the public was still waiting for preventative solutions and outcomes.
"Where is the sense of urgency that is needed to ensure that this doesn't happen again?" Katherine said.
The Act for Mason is a piece of legislation that is effectively a red light system so that if a child presents to any of the major hospitals with obvious physical or sexual signs of abuse then they are not sent home until a child safety officer sees them.
"We walk in commitment to make sure Mason Jet Lee's law is passed into legislation which will ensure there is a bigger, broader network of collaborating agencies monitoring these high risk children," Katherine said.
Ms Bates said it was essential to ensure the most vulnerable children were protected.
"We need to make sure policies and procedures are changed so this does not happen again. This is not just for Mason this is for every other child in Queensland."