Mullighan Inquiry

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In June 2007, the Parliament of South Australia established an Inquiry into the incidence of child sexual abuse on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands.

In April 2008, the Inquiry concluded that this form of abuse was “widespread” on the APY Lands.

The Inquiry made 46 recommendations. By law, the South Australian Government must produce an annual report, for five years, on its ongoing response to these recommendations.

The Paper Tracker monitors government efforts to implement the Inquiry’s recommendations and the quality of information published in the annual reports.

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The Mullighan Inquiry Task Force

In 2008, the South Australian Government established a Task Force to “drive” its response to the Mullighan Inquiry into child sexual abuse on the APY Lands. During the first six months of its establishment, the Task Force met on nine occasions. After that, it met much less frequently... read on

Mullighan Inquiry: State Government’s Full Response

On 30 October 2008, the South Australian Government released its Full Response to the 46 recommendations contained in the report of the Mullighan Inquiry into child sexual abuse on the APY Lands... read on

Mullighan Inquiry: informing and empowering Anangu

On 30 April 2008, the Mullighan Inquiry highlighted the critical importance of making communities on the APY Lands safe and of empowering Anangu to address the problem of child sexual abuse. For Commissioner Mullighan these two goals needed to be addressed concurrently and as “first priorities.”... read on

Recommendation 46: prison facilities for Anangu men

For more than a decade, the State Department for Correctional Services (DCS) has been investigating the possibility of establishing a correctional facility on or near the APY Lands... read on

Recommendation 33: safe houses

In April 2008, the Mullighan Inquiry recommended that a number of safe houses should be built in APY communities “for Anangu, particularly children who need short-term sanctuary from abuse”... read on

Recommendations 8 & 16: access to counselling and therapeutic services

The Mullighan Inquiry uncovered disturbing gaps and weaknesses in the delivery of counselling and therapeutic services to Anangu children. In April 2008, it recommended that long-term funding be provided to enable victims of sexual abuse to access appropriate therapeutic services... read on

The State Government’s Preliminary Response to the Mullighan Inquiry

On 24 July 2008, the South Australian Government released its Preliminary Response to the 46 recommendations contained in the report of the Mullighan Inquiry into child sexual abuse on the APY Lands... read on

Recommendation 13: housing construction program

In August 2007, the Federal Government announced that it would provide the State Government with $25 million for a major housing program on the APY Lands... read on

Recommendation 1: changes to community governance

In April 2008, the Mullighan Inquiry found that some governance structures on the APY Lands were “detrimental to the disclosure of child sexual abuse” and recommended that changes to community governance “be implemented promptly so as to reduce the extent of dysfunction and possible corruption in the communities”... read on

Recommendation 40: community-based sworn police officers

For many years, Anangu urged South Australia Police to base sworn police officers in their communities. The Mullighan Inquiry strongly supported those requests, concluding that a significant proportion of the sworn officers stationed on the Lands should reside in local communities and not in administrative centres like Umuwa... read on

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