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Mason's Law: Massive petition tabled in Parliament

MORE than 30,000 people have signed a petition calling for medical reports of abused kids to be treated like a 000 call.

The petition calling for Mason's Law to be introduced was tabled in Parliament House on Thursday.

The petition was written in response to the death of Caboolture toddler Mason Jet Lee.

"No child who is referred by a doctor as having sustained injuries intentionally inflicted or sexual in nature will be sent home until a full investigation is completed," the petition said.

"When a medical professional or hospital reports the likelihood of abuse that such a report will be treated in the same manner as a 000 phone call: a life at risk, so that these children will be treated as a priority emergency."

Shadow child safety minister Ros Bates tabled the petition on the first day of Queensland Child Protection Week.

"There is nothing more important than the protection of our most vulnerable Queenslanders, our children, and this petition advocates for positive change," she said.

A spokeswoman for Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman said the minister had met with the lead petitioner, Caboolture woman Alicia Duvall.

"The concerns raised in the petition on reporting requirements and information exchange between health and police will form part of the independent expert review process into the tragic death of Mason Jet Lee, which is already under way," the spokeswoman said.

"The minister has already committed to implement all findings of that review.

"Minister Fentiman has also arranged for Ms Duvall to meet with the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services' Child Protection Act Review Team.

"The department has undertaken to take into consideration the issues raised in the petition as part of the review of the Child Protection Act 1999." - ARM NEWSDESK

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