il padrone wrote:Totally unwilling to rely on Today Tonight for any sort of legal opinion
BigPete wrote:In Queensland the Criminal Code states you can't leave a child under twelve unattended, and carries a maximum penalty of three years’ jail.
It’s a serious breach that’s lost on many parents.
This is what the statute actually says:
364A Leaving a child under 12 unattended
(1) A person who, having the lawful care or charge of a child
under 12 years, leaves the child for an unreasonable time
without making reasonable provision for the supervision and
care of the child during that time commits a misdemeanour.
Maximum penalty—3 years imprisonment.
(2) Whether the time is unreasonable depends on all the relevant
So it's against the law, as a parent, to let your kid out of your sight unless you make reasonable provision. I'm sure you could have a lively debate about what "reasonable provision" means, not to mention "unreasonable time". I'm not aware of any caselaw, not that I've really looked. My admittedly subjective and inexpert opinion is that this is directed at stupendously dumb acts that fall short of outright cruelty and it's worded broadly enough to catch most, and hopefully all, modalities of dumbness. Wowsers will not doubt seize on this as some sort of blanket prohibition on leaving kids unsupervised. On its face, it's no such thing. I'm happy to be convinced otherwise by considered discussion of relevant statute and caselaw