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Parliamentary Scrutiny Required for COI Response

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Tuesday, 26 September 2023

Tags: Commission of Inquiry

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Leader

The Tasmanian Government’s full response to the Commission of Inquiry into the Tasmanian Government’s Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Settings is not due to be released until 4 December - at the end of the parliament year and before a three month sitting gap.  It is crucial an additional sitting week is added to the Parliamentary calendar to ensure the government's proposed actions can receive the immediate meaningful scrutiny victim-survivors demand.

The Commission of Inquiry is one of the most important things that has ever happened in Tasmania, and one of the most momentous matters ever faced by the Parliament. So many people have given and committed so much to the Commission of Inquiry process.

We accept the Government needs time to provide an in-depth and thorough response, but committing to sitting one extra week of Parliament ahead of the months-long summer break is surely the least members of parliament can do. Victim-survivors, whistleblowers, and the wider community have the right to expect the Government's full response the Commission of Inquiry report is subjected to timely parliamentary scrutiny.

We hope the Premier will give this matter further consideration.