A social media post seeking foster carers in Tasmania put children alongside bric-a-brac and devalued them, an MP has said, according to an ABC News report.
However, the Tasmanian Government defended the Facebook post in a buy-and-sell group as “perfectly proper”.
Labor has seized on the post seeking carers for four children in the state’s north-west, which was made by a representative of the organisation Life Without Barriers.
MP Rebecca White questioned Human Services Minister Jacquie Petrusma about the post in Parliament.
“This site is advertising a nine-year-old boy, a 14-year-old boy, a five-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl,” she said.
“How is it acceptable that these desperately needy children are being advertised online alongside second-hand furniture and bric-a-brac?”
The organisation responsible for the advertisement, Life without Barriers apologised for error
In a statement, Life Without Barriers said the post did not meet its social media policy or guidelines, and it was reviewing its induction training for new staff and staff returning from leave.
It said the descriptions of children in the post were indicative of children who often required foster care and did not relate to any child who actually required care.
The organisation has apologised for the error.
In a statement released later, Ms Petrusma said the advertisement had a positive response with more than 50 inquiries.
Ms Petrusma said her office had nonetheless cautioned the organisation about future wording of advertisements, to ensure they could not be taken out of context and politicised.