Government inaction on child abuse allegations unexplained and unacceptable

first_imgGovernment inaction on child abuse allegations unexplained and unacceptable Tasmanian LaborMinisters withheld horrific information preventing wider investigationUnacceptable lack of urgency on allegations cannot be explainedCommission of Inquiry must examine government’s lack of responseSenior Gutwein Government Ministers can still not explain why they failed to launch a government-wide investigation into horrific child sex abuse allegations and withheld information for more than a year.Labor Leader Rebecca White said both Health Minister Sarah Courtney and Police Minister Mark Shelton failed to act on the allegations involving former Launceston General Hospital nurse James Griffin when they were provided information in July and August 2019 respectively and Premier Peter Gutwein similarly did nothing when he learned of the claims late last year.“Ms Courtney still cannot provide a legitimate answer as to why she failed to launch an independent investigation until just weeks ago,” Ms White said.“Mr Shelton cannot explain why he withheld the information for more than a year and failed to share it with other government agencies where we now know Griffin worked, potentially giving him access to children.“The Premier cannot explain why investigations were not widened across government when he came into possession of the information via the former Premier’s office late last year.“Clearly – when the initial allegations were raised about Griffin at the LGH in 2019 – this was a matter that potentially reached beyond the hospital considering Mr Griffin’s involvement with other government agencies and other organisations.“There has been an appalling failure in the government’s responsibility to ensure the safety of children in its care.“Alarm bells should have been ringing loudly when Griffin’s Working With Vulnerable Persons accreditation was revoked In July 2019 but for reasons they refuse to explain, the Premier and his Ministers chose to do nothing to shine a spotlight across government.“The government cannot hide behind a police investigation when that investigation ended with Griffin’s death more than a year ago. The rampant secrecy needs to end. The planned Commission of Inquiry has not yet been established and there are serious, far-reaching questions that need to be addressed urgently and truthfully today.”Rebecca White MPLabor Leader /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:child abuse, child sex, children, Commission, failure, Government, health, health minister, hospital, investigation, Launceston, launch, Minister, police, Premier, Safety, Tasmania, Tasmanian Laborlast_img read more