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State should take some responsibility: Allaway

SPEAKING UP: Former Neerkol resident Allan Allaway speaks to Rockhampton and Brisbane media.
SPEAKING UP: Former Neerkol resident Allan Allaway speaks to Rockhampton and Brisbane media. Austin King

ALTHOUGH he will never quite get justice, Allan Allaway wants to see the State Government take some responsibility for the misconduct at Neerkol Orphanage.

"If it wasn't for those so-called authorities at the State Children's Department (at the time), there wouldn't be any physical or sexual abuse at Neerkol," he said.

"Some of those authorities who were supposed to be doing their jobs were never fired over these incidents (of alleged sexual and physical abuse)."

Today the Royal Commission panel will hear responses from the former Bishop of Rockhampton Brian Heenan and Sister Berneice Loch, from the Sisters of Mercy.

The officer from the Department of Families and Communities is still to respond to the allegations.

Topics:  neerkol inquiry neerkol orphanage queensland responsibilities



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