Daly fills children’s commissioner role

NORTHERN educator Liz Daly is not concerned that some might regard her latest job working with children in a career that has spanned 60 years as controversial.
Nanjing Night Net

Ms Daly was announced as the state’s interim children’s commissioner yesterday to replace Aileen Ashford.

“Lots of things are controversial but they have to be done,” Ms Daly said.

“I’ve been working in partnerships with all kinds of agencies in the past and while I know this is an independent role, there’s still lots of room for collaboration so that children don’t get into a situation where it becomes very traumatic for them.”

Ms Daly will be part of the review of the commissioner’s role that has been initiated by the state government before a new, full-time commissioner is appointed.

But she already has plans for a number of other projects to complete during her interim term.

“There’s the children’s consultative program _ there’s another that hasn’t yet commenced looking at the effect of suspensions and exclusions for some of our more vulnerable children, so that will be a particularly interesting one to me,” said the former school principal and district superintendent.

Children’s Minister Michelle O’Byrne said that Ms Daly had built strong networks and partnerships with police, child protection, the Launceston City Council, TAFE and the University of Tasmania.

Ms Daly takes up her role from June 17 after Ms Ashford’s contract runs out. Ms Ashford is on leave.

Liz Daly after her announcement as interim children’s commissioner. Picture: BEN McKAY

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