Factors complex

Evidence-based research does not back up Mr Ward’s discriminatory claim.

Rather, the research suggests our young people have a range of complex factors affecting them, including poverty, homelessness, family violence, mental health and drug and alcohol issues.

Michelle Scott, the retiring State Commissioner for Children and Young People, is a qualified professional who has worked tirelessly for many years, advocating for those who are unable to advocate for themselves.

I thank Ms Scott for her work and contribution.