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DV perpetrator denied blue card

A SUNSHINE Coast father of six has been refused a blue card to work with children at an adventure business.

The 45-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect his family, has a history of domestic violence, including aggressive and intimidating behaviour towards a heavily pregnant partner and sometimes in front of his children.

One incident resulted in a police officer's wrist being fractured.

The man initially applied for a blue card through the Public Safety Business Agency and then took his case to a Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal hearing at Gympie to fight the refusal.

But the tribunal confirmed the PSBA's decision not to issue a blue card.

The man, known as SJJ in a judgment published online last week, lives on the Sunshine Coast with his partner of five years and their three children. He has three other children from an earlier seven-year relationship.

He sought the blue card to enable him to work with children in his employment with an adventure business that provided outdoors active recreation.

QCAT member Roxanne Clifford said in her written judgment, a blue card, once issued, was unconditional and transferable across any child-related occupation.

SJJ told the tribunal during a hearing in Gympie that alcohol and substance abuse were behind many of his mistakes but he had been sober since January 2015.

"SJJ stated that he wants to be a better person and provider for his family, and wishes to build a career around recreational tourism, that includes children,” Ms Clifford said.

Ms Clifford said SJJ had taken commendable steps towards rehabilitation but they were not enough to allow him to work with children.

"These factors are not sufficient at this time to outweigh the risk of a criminal history that included drug use and violence, and an ongoing pattern, albeit improving, poor anger control that has involved police as recently as early this year,” she said.

"Substance abuse has been accompanied by argumentative, intimidating and aggressive behaviour towards his partners and others, and at times in the presence of his children and when his partner was pregnant.

"Alcohol and substance abuse has a devastating affect on the community. It adversely affects families, causing harm and demonstrating poor parental modelling.

"It often leaves partners and children in heightened states of anxiety, particularly when accompanied by argumentative, intimidating and aggressive behaviour.

"SJJ's first family was either subject to or observed this behaviour.”

Ms Clifford also noted SJJ and his current partner minimised the arguments they had in recent years as "just disagreements over everyday matters”.

She said SJJ had only been clean for about 18 months but his history of alcohol and drug abuse stretched 30 years.

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Topics:  blue card, domestic violence, drugs, qcat, sunshine coast


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