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LGH Child Abuse Claims - Actions of Minister


Rosalie Woodruff MP

Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Tags: Launceston General Hospital, Commission of Inquiry, Child Abuse

Dr WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for POLICE, FIRE and EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, Mr SHELTON

You became aware of the Griffin matter on 23 August 2019. At that point, child exploitation material had been found at Mr Griffin's home, including what the Coroner described as 'self-generated images'. Mr Griffin had been stood down from employment and his Working with Vulnerable People card had been revoked. On 3 September charges were laid against Mr Griffin. More charges were added a month later. Why through all of this did you not ensure other relevant departments were informed? An ongoing police investigation is no reason for stopping departments from doing due diligence. If another case as serious as this arose, how can you assure Tasmanians you would be more proactive?

 

ANSWER

Madam Speaker, I thank the member for her question. On being alerted to this, and in my briefing I was also made aware that the police had been in contact with the LGH and the department. I have already stated that on the record. As far as any other issues go, I am not going to speculate on matters that will be subject to an investigation through the commission of inquiry. I have already stated that.