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Attorney has serious questions to answer

The safety and well-being of our young people should be government’s highest priority

The Commission of Inquiry has brought to light harrowing experiences of young people in Tasmanian institutions, including Ashley Youth Detention Centre, as well as the deeply flawed practices across government agencies.

Much of what has been uncovered through the Commission would not have come to light at all, were it not for the strength of victim survivors and whistle-blowers coming forward.

Extensive evidence was heard by the Commission about the appalling treatment of one such whistle-blower, Alysha, after reporting serious allegations of abuse and misconduct at Ashley Youth Detention Centre.

It seems the government, through the Solicitor General’s office, is finding ways to subject her to cruelty and victimisation as retribution for having brought issues at AYDC to light.

The Attorney General Elise Archer must address these serious allegations and intervene in this mistreatment. Neither Alysha, nor any other whistle-blower should be subjected to retribution for seeking only to keep children safe.

Ella Haddad MP  
Shadow Attorney General