/ 27 September 2023

A day of reckoning in Tassie


The findings of a long-awaited report into the Tassie Government’s response to child abuse in institutional settings were released yesterday. The Commission of Inquiry was established in March 2021, and the final report was handed to the government in August. Across 3,500 pages, the report says while the state’s institutions were generally safe for children, the safeguards aren’t in place to address or respond to allegations of abuse at the Launceston General Hospital, Ashley Youth Detention Centre, out-of-home care and public schools since 2000. In some settings, the risk is “live and current”… As a result of the inquiry, more than 100 people have been referred to the authorities. Premier Jeremy Rockcliff says abuse survivors were “failed by the system”, and, for that, the government is “deeply sorry”. He reiterated his pledge to implement all of the report’s 191 recommendations, including forming a new advisory council representing survivors. 

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