The Tasmanian Education Department’s predominant response to child sexual abuse complaints has for decades been to ignore students, shield abusers and protect itself from legal, financial and reputational risks, an inquiry has found.
The Tasmanian government has released the findings and recommendations from an independent inquiry into responses to child sexual abuse in government schools announced last August, prior to a commission of inquiry being established.
It was conducted by professors Stephen Smallbone and Tim McCormack, who made 20 recommendations, which the government has fully accepted…
“We have found it deeply disturbing that, as concerns, complaints and ineffectual responses literally piled up in DoE’s records, serial abusers like Harington and LeClerc were not just allowed to keep teaching for decades, but that DoE leaders and others so wilfully disregarded the obvious risks and harms to students,” the professors said.
It would also be worth investigating the role played by Labor-aligned unions in protecting molester members over the past, say, 50 years. I’m sure Anthony Albanese will make it a priority.