Child protection allegations
The Tasmanian Children Minister, Lin Thorp, has announced that the decision last year to release a public interest copy of the then-Commissioner for Children's report into the prostitution of a 12 year old was made with his support and agreement.
"The report that was released publicly in October last year provides complete coverage of the context, criticism, findings and recommendations in relation to this matter," Ms Thorp said.
"This report was released with the support of the then-Commissioner for Children, on the basis that it accurately depicted his advice to me," she said.
"At the time of the report's release, the then-Commissioner said he was satisfied that the version of the report made available offered the public the information they needed to have regarding this tragic case," Ms Thorp said.
Ms Thorp said she was concerned that this material was again being dredged up, with an apparent disregard to the interests of the children involved.
"The full context of the report has been released, and further information won't help the individual children in any way," she said.
"It is my view that protecting the welfare of these children outweighs the interest of the media in this report," Ms Thorp said.
Ms Thorp said she understood Tasmania Police had spoken to the family member referred to in media reports this morning to clarify the situation, regarding when the matter had been referred to them.