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Prison, Barbed-Wire Fence

Ashley Youth Detention Centre - Allegations of Abuse

In January 2020, management of Ashley Youth Detention Centre were made aware of potential historical rape allegation.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Mar 2021


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Justice Miscellaneous (Commissions of Inquiry) Bill 2021

Behind this amendment bill is so much trauma. I think it is reasonable to say that as a state we have been failing children and young people for decades.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Mar 2021


Police Officers in High Visibility Vests

Tasmania Police - Child Sexual Abuse - James Griffin

The Tasmania Police internal review of police actions in relation to James Griffin is a catalogue of repeated failures.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 Mar 2021


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Child Sexual Abuse - State Service Employees - Allegations

So far 14 State Service employees have been stood down over allegations of child sexual abuse.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 Mar 2021


Police Officers in High Visibility Vests

Griffin Police Review Reveals Tragedy of Errors

The review by Tasmania Police into the James Geoffrey Griffin investigation reveals a decade long failure to properly investigate serious allegations.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Feb 2021


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Recommendation of President of Commission of Inquiry

The Greens welcome the Gutwein Government’s recommendation of Marcia Neave AO as President of the Commission of Inquiry into child sexual abuse. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Jan 2021


Lonely Child

Opacity Over Stood Down State Servants Inexcusable

Yet another State Service employee has been stood down in the lead up to the Commission of Inquiry into child sexual abuse. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Jan 2021


Justice, Scales and Gavel

TT-Line – Child Safety

Former Launceston nurse and alleged paedophile James Griffin worked on the Spirit of Tasmania between October 2003 and January 2009.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Dec 2020


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Commission of Inquiry Recommendations

This inquiry needs tri-partisan backing, so I strongly encourage you to work with Opposition and crossbench parties and members on the terms of reference.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 Dec 2020


Greyhound, Lying Down

Estimates Reply - Minister Howlett

Again this year we focused on the two major codes which are horseracing and greyhounds.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 Dec 2020


Police Officers in High Visibility Vests

Estimates Reply - Minister Shelton

Although Tasmania Police had commenced an investigation, and it took almost three months for the Working with Vulnerable People card to be revoked.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 Dec 2020


Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

Estimates Reply – Minister Courtney

The purpose of our questions was to understand what the Minister for Health knew and when she knew it, and what the response of the department has been.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Dec 2020


Prison, Barbed-Wire Fence

Estimates Reply – Minister Jaensch

A significant part of the Estimates with Mr Jaensch this year dealt with that terrible, unsafe place that is Ashley Youth Detention Centre.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Dec 2020


Parliament House, Tasmania

Estimates Reply - Premier Gutwein

It is a gutsy move to establish a commission of inquiry, particularly for a Government that has a streak of control-freakery about it.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Dec 2020


House of Assembly, Tasmania

LGH Child Abuse Claims - Actions of Police Minister

It took three months after the initial complaint for James Griffin's Working with Vulnerable People registration to be revoked.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Dec 2020


Parliament House, Tasmania

LGH Child Abuse Claims - Actions of Minister

At that point, child exploitation material had been found at Mr Griffin's home, including what the Coroner described as 'self-generated images'.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Dec 2020


Police Officers in High Visibility Vests

LGH Child Abuse Claims - Police Procedures

In July, whilst a CIB became aware that Mr Griffin was employed at the LGH and then at that point made steps to actually brief the hospital at the end of July.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Dec 2020


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Shelton Must Review Police Procedures on Child Abuse Investigations

Police Minister, Mark Shelton refused to acknowledge police policies or procedures should be reviewed and changed. 

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Dec 2020


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Health – Commission of Inquiry

Only a commission of inquiry can properly uncover what has happened and the systemic abuse, as well as the links between different departments.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 Nov 2020


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Attorney-General and Justice – Commission of Inquiry

The TLRI final report of September 2003 makes five recommendations for legislative amendment of the Commissions of Inquiry Act.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Nov 2020


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Premier – Commission of Inquiry

We are really only just beginning to scratch the surface of a much deeper wound as it relates to the treatment of children in some places in Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 Nov 2020


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Commission of Inquiry into Child Abuse in State Institutions

The announcement of a Commission of Inquiry into the sexual abuse of children and young people in the care of the State is both welcome and overdue.  

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Nov 2020


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Commission of Inquiry Must Investigate LGH and Ashley Youth Detention Centre

The Liberals must do right by the children who are, and have been, in government care.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Nov 2020


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Ashley Youth Detention Centre - Commission of Inquiry into Child Abuse Claims

The Government's independent investigation has limited terms of reference and focuses on the systems within the Tasmanian Health Service only.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  11 Nov 2020


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Commission of Inquiry into LGH Abuse Needed

The allegations a child sex offender was working as a nurse on the paediatrics ward at the Launceston General Hospital for nearly 20 years are distressing.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Nov 2020


Justice, Scales and Gavel

Launceston General Hospital - Commission of Inquiry into Child Abuse Claims

The independent investigation into claims of sexual abuse at the Launceston General Hospital has limited terms of reference.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  10 Nov 2020