July 22, 2013
Witnesses assured testimony is safe
One of the people brought in to review the Owen Glenn inquiry into domestic violence says there needs to be some improvements in processes and governance, but witnesses can be assured their testimony is safe.
The inquiry has been losing staff and advisors since its initial director Ruth Herbert quit, and there were claims that information witnesses gave in confidence may not be safe.
Kim Workman from Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Heather Henare from Women’s Refuge say while some of the processes that inquiry members used to record statements were inadequate, there were no issues around the safety of information.
Mr Workman says stronger governance was needed, because Sir Owen had been too trusting when he handed over the $2 million to launch the inquiry.
"You know Owen’s a real character, a generous guy, he has a real passion about this, but he doesn't like governance boards and things, he's a person that likes to operate on his own, and that approach didn't really work on this occasion," he says.
Mr Workman and Ms Henare have made 23 recommendations to the inquiry, including improvements in the way information is collected, stored and retrieved.
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