Coast woman denied blue card for trying to run man down
A Coast woman who wanted to work with children has been denied a blue card after she tried to run down a man with her car while his kids were watching.
The applicant, who cannot be legally named applied for a positive notice and blue card under the Working with Children Act 2000.
On May 28 last year she was issued with a negative notice, with the court deciding she would not be approved a positive notice and blue card after reviewing her criminal history.
She applied to have the decision reviewed and had a hearing at Caloundra on March 18.
In a decision handed down by Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal on September 10, the decision to deny the woman a blue card was upheld.
On May 19, 2015 the woman was convicted of dangerous operation of a vehicle, where she was sentenced to six months' jail, wholly suspended for 12 months.
On October 31, 2014 there was a verbal argument between the victim and the woman at a school function, the court heard.
The woman then started following the victim home and he pulled over.
The woman parked behind the victim's car and abused and threatened the victim.
"She then accelerated towards the informant who jumped out of the way to avoid being hit," the court document read.
"The woman then swerved her vehicle towards the informant's vehicle colliding with the front right hand side of his vehicle."
The court document read the victim said in his police statement that he was with his wife and three daughters and that after jumping out of the way of the woman's car, he tripped in the gutter.
"He was fearful the woman would run him down or run into his car where his children were seated," the court document read.
"He then saw woman turn back towards the gutter and hit the front of his vehicle.
"As a result of the incident, the informant had sciatic pain in the back and down his leg and
took time off work due to his injuries.
"The wife of the informant indicated that she was in the vehicle with her children who were screaming in the back seat after witnessing woman run into the vehicle."
The court heard there were three witnesses that supported the victim's statement.
The woman told Blue Card Services none of her criminal offences related to children and the victim's children hadn't been in the car, despite three witnesses saying they had seen the children.
The woman also said that the victim had allegedly asked her to fight and then hit her before she tried to run him down.
The woman said in the hearing that she was receiving limited support from Centrelink for a child she was caring for because she didn't have a blue card.
The court heard the woman wanted to work with more children and had learnt to control her anger and wouldn't make the same mistakes.
The Tribunal referred to the woman's traffic history, which included smoking while a child under 16 was in the car and driving with an unrestrained child in her vehicle.
"While the woman refers to the financial burden to her in respect of her assistance from
Centrelink in not holding a blue card, this is not a factor which the Tribunal can
consider," the court document read.
"The Tribunal's role is to consider the best interests of children."
The Tribunal upheld the decision to deny the woman a blue card.