A mother whose toddler son was crushed to death by a chest of drawers has won her fight for a change in rental laws.
Mum Skye Quartermaine has pushed for new laws after her son, Reef Kite was crushed to death by a chest of drawers that fell on him in their rental home in Yokin home in 2015.
The heartbroken mother said that it could have been prevented if the drawers had been fixed to the wall.
In an inquest, Ms Quartermaine said that her landlord had refused to give her permission to fasten the furniture.
A forensic police officer told the court that the drawers were so heavy that it took two adults to lift them.
Yesterday, a coroner recommended the government to change the Residential Tenancy Act to let tenants secure furniture for children’s safety.
While thankful for the development, Ms Quartermaine said she urges the government to introduce the new law as soon as possible, and for it to be implemented nationwide. “The government needs to realise children die because of this,” she said. “My child died because of this and we’re only a small voice trying to make a change.”
The government said the recommendations are “reasonable and sensible” and will look to make the changes in “due course”.