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Murdered SA children: "The agency responsible for their safety elected to do nothing"

The state’s child protection agency has again been savaged for systemic failures, with a long-awaited Ombudsman’s report into the case of two siblings murdered with their mother at Hillier in 2016 laying bare departmental “inertia, complacency and misplaced priorities” that saw authorities “do nothing” to protect the children despite serious warnings about their welfare.

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Australia’s child protection services crisis

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