Baby Willow Shows Why We Need Baby Safe Havens

Tasmanian Labor Senator Helen Polley has strongly reiterated her plea for the installation of "Baby Safe Havens" in Australia following Tasmanian Coroner Olivia McTaggart's call for the mother of a newborn baby found deceased in a park near Hobart two years ago to come forward. The coroner's plea for the mother of Baby Willow to come forward is a reminder for the need to introduce Baby Safe Havens not just in Tasmania, but in every state and territory around the country. Continue reading

Baby Safe Havens in Queensland- Part 3

Tasmanian Labor Senator Helen Polley has strongly reiterated her plea for the Queensland Government to introduce “Baby Safe Havens” following the abandonment of a newborn outside an ambulance station in Rockhampton yesterday. This is the second instance of a newborn being abandoned in Queensland in the last week. On Saturday a baby, since nicknamed “Moses”, was left outside the door of a family’s home in the Logan City suburb of Kingston near Brisbane. Senator Polley said that the circumstances of these latest incidents were heartbreaking. Continue reading

Baby Safe Havens in Queensland- Part 2

Tasmanian Labor Senator Helen Polley has strongly reiterated her plea for the Queensland Government to introduce “Baby Safe Havens” following the abandonment of a newborn in the Logan City suburb of Kingston near Brisbane on Saturday. Senator Polley said that the circumstances of this last abandonment were particularly heartbreaking. Thankfully this baby was lucky, because it was located in time and its mother was identified.   Continue reading

Baby Safe Havens in Queensland

Tasmanian Labor Senator Helen Polley has urged the Queensland Government to introduce “Baby Safe Havens” following calls from the state’s medical community to allow mothers to anonymously give up their babies. Dr Christian Rowan, President of Australian Medical Association of Queensland, has expressed support for the idea of safe haven legislation as part of a broader plan aimed at assisting struggling new mothers. This comes after the Liberal National Party’s Women’s Redlands branch successfully carried a motion on the weekend calling on Queensland Premier Campbell Newman to introduce Baby Safe Havens in the state. Continue reading