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Vic lawyer to head Tas sex abuse inquiry

The chair of a royal commission into family violence in Victoria is set to oversee an inquiry examining sexual abuse in Tasmanian government institutions.

The Commission of Inquiry was announced by the Tasmanian government in November after abuse allegations were levelled at a nurse and workers at Ashley Youth Detention Centre.

The state government on Friday recommended Marcia Neave be appointed president of the Commission of Inquiry into the Responses of Tasmanian Government Institutions to Child Sexual Abuse.

About a dozen Tasmanian public servants have been stood down since November pending the investigation of abuse allegations.

The majority have been passed on to police for assessment.

The allegations are part of the Commission of Inquiry’s scope, Attorney-General Elise Archer said.

“We do need to brace ourselves for further allegations,” she told reporters.

“This is what the Commission of Inquiry has been set up to achieve. The government wants to get to the bottom of these issues.

“We want to identify where there are issues so we can ensure the safety of children into the future.”

The wide-ranging inquiry, which could run for the best part of a year, will cost the state government between $5 million and $10 million, but no cap has been set.

It will examine state government responses to historical and more recent abuse allegations.

Ms Neave’s appointment as president must first be approved by the Governor of Tasmania Kate Warner.

Ms Neave chaired a landmark royal commission into family violence which delivered 227 recommendations in 2016 after a 13-month inquiry.

She has also worked as Justice of the Court of Appeal at the Supreme Court of Victoria and in 1999 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for her services to law.

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