Tas public service sex abuse accusations

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Two public servants in Tasmania have been stood down in the space of two days over contemporary child sexual abuse allegations.

The suspension of the workers, both from the state's north, was disclosed by the state government on Monday and Tuesday as part of routine reporting.

Tasmania is holding a commission of inquiry into state government responses to allegations of child sexual abuse in the public service.

During two weeks' of public hearings last month, survivors told of complaints falling on deaf ears and alleged perpetrators being moved to different schools.

The inquiry, set to hold further hearings and deliver a final report by May, was announced in 2020 after child abuse accusations were made against nurse James Geoffrey Griffin and staff at Ashley Youth Detention Centre.

Since October 2020, 32 state service employees have been stood down over child sexual abuse allegations.

Six have returned to work after being cleared following state government code of conduct investigations.

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