Tas abuse inquiry holds final hearing

An investigation that has been told heartbreaking stories of child sexual abuse in public institutions in Tasmania will hold its final hearing.

Concluding remarks will be provided on Tuesday to the committee of inquiry, which was convened at the end of 2020 and will deliver a final report by May.

He focused primarily on abuse at the Ashley Youth Detention Center, which has been described as having a “culture of brutality,” and at Launceston General Hospital where a pedophile nurse worked for nearly two decades.

The state government resisted the call to immediately close the Ashley Center, fulfilling the promise made last September to close it by the end of 2024.

Ministry officials have expressed concerns that the deadline for the construction of new facilities to replace Ashley may not be met.

The commission has received evidence of abuse in the center in recent years. It has been said that restrictive practices have been used in recent weeks to keep detainees in their units due to staff shortages.

“There is clearly a need to restore trust in the system,” Department of Justice chief Ginna Webster told the inquiry on Monday.

Legal Assistant, Elizabeth Bennett SC, and Panel Chair, Marcia Neave AO, will deliver the concluding remarks that will summarize the 36 days of hearings.

The state government has already promised to act on all recommendations made by the commission.

The investigation was informed that the allegations of abuse had been dismissed, not followed up or referred to the relevant authorities.

Domestic abuse experts, as well as Jenny Gale, head of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet Department, are among the witnesses listed for Tuesday.

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