Adult Guardian out of limbo

THE Adult Guardian, a service protecting the rights of Queenslanders who cannot make decision for themselves, has been elevated to a permanent capacity after months of being in limbo.

But two positions within the office remain unoccupied as the State Government continues to cut jobs to source savings.

The Adult Guardian assists adults with mental incapacities, illness or a lack of decision making abilities.

Many complaints filed to the Adult Guardian surround powers-of-attorney abuse.

But the independent service has been in limbo since Labor was in power, the LNP claims.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie told parliament on Tuesday someone had been acting in the Adult Guardian position when Labor was in power.

"What the Liberal National Party has already done-and we have issued an expression of interest-is fill the role of Adult Guardian to a permanent position so that those with capacity problems across Queensland can have confidence in the system," he said.

"The person acting in that arrangement will go back to their substantive position."

The LNP will also reinstate the powers of the Public Advocate, which acts as in an oversight role to the Adult Guardian.

Mr Bleijie said Labor planned to amalgamate both agencies.

Two positions within the Adult Guardian office are vacant but until someone has been appointed as Adult Guardian, those positions will not be filled.

"I have expressions of interest in my office which I am reviewing," he said.

"Executive Council and I will appoint the best person for that job to make sure that in consultation we have the best guardianship system that Queenslanders deserve and expect."


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