A report on child abuse at State-run hostels in WA will be released to the public in coming weeks, Premier Colin Barnett says.
The report by former Supreme Court Justice Peter Blaxell is the result of a lengthy inquiry that began focusing on events at the St Andrews Hostel in Katanning in the 1970s and 80s.
The inquiry was later expanded to St Christopher's hostel in Northam, Hardie House in South Hedland and St Michael's House in Merredin.
The inquiry heard how convicted paedophile brothers Dennis and Neil McKenna used their positions of authority at St Andrews Hostel to abuse children in their care.
It also heard about Roy Wenlock, a warden at St Christopher's hostel who allegedly sexually abused boys in his care in the 1950s and 70s.
Mr Wenlock died in February 2007 at the age of 75.
At St Michael's House, there was no warden in the late 1970s, and older boys subjected younger ones to bullying and sexual abuse, according to a former boarder's submission.
The State Government received the Blaxell report in August, and it has been referred to the Public Sector Commission for advice.
Mr Barnett said it was expected the report would be released in the next few weeks.
"The Government is now conducting a full and proper consideration of the report's findings and recommendations before tabling the report in parliament," he said in an emailed statement.
His comments came after Opposition child protection spokeswoman Sue Ellery said it was time for the report to be made public.
Ms Ellery said it was important the State Government acted on any recommendations in the report."We have seen the damage this abuse has done, and we must do everything to prevent this happening in the future," she said.
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