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Election Survey - South Australia 2014 - Q6

Q6 - Child abuse

International evidence demonstrates that children raised by married parents are at significantly less risk of abuse than children who are raised by parents in a ‘de facto’ relationship. However, South Australia currently does not record the marital status of the parents in a household where a child is living when child abuse is confirmed. Collecting adequate data to identify risk factors for child abuse is essential to help protect children.

Would you support the collection of data on marital status in relation to confirmed cases of child abuse?

Party Reply Score

Labor Party

The Labor Party received this survey in January but has declined to respond despite repeated requests.  In the past the party has declined requests to record marital status when collecting child abuse family details. 


Liberal Party

The Liberal Party has at this stage taken no position on this question. It is prepared to listen to arguments for and against any proposed change in the law or policy. 

Family First Party                                                                                                    

Yes definitely.

SA Greens

The SA Greens received this survey in January but have declined to respond despite several requests.  The SA Greens have not publicly stated a view on this question but are unlikely to support it.


Stop Population Growth Now

Yes, all possible information should be collected. The interests of the child are paramount, and over ride any privacy considerations.

Please note you may only record and publish my opinions as expressed above, in full. Please do not place your own interpretation on them.



Dignity for Disability                                                                                                

Dignity For Disability sent 10 individual replies but no party reply.  Two candidates would definitely support the collection of data on marital status in relation to confirmed cases of child abuse; three probably would, four were unlikely to do so and one did not comment.


Nick Xenophon                                                                                                    

Nick Xenophon is not standing for election – he is a federal senator.  His SA upper house candidates John Darley and Connie Bonaros have not replied: John Darley has not indicated his position on the collection of child abuse data.


Authorised by: David Phillips, FamilyVoice Australia, 4th Floor, 68 Grenfell St, Adelaide SA 5000


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