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Coroner's Act In the matter of Coroner's Findings and Recommendations into the death of Kunmanara Forbes pursuant to section 46B dated 2 December 2009



Coroner's Act In the matter of Coroner's Findings and Recommendations into the death of Kunmanara Forbes pursuant to section 46B dated 2 December 2009

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Mutitjulu Community Aboriginal Corporation in mid 2006, although that appointment was challenged through the Federal Court, ultimately successfully, on administrative law grounds. In addition, the ABC screened a Lateline program in June 2006 which aired allegations that there was a sex for petrol trade going on in the Mutitjulu community. The joint police and FACS taskforce, referred to as Operation Prell, was set up to investigate those and related allegations, and it must be assumed that both the investigation itself, and the intense publicity, had some effects upon community members. I return to the timeline of events with respect to Kunmanara Forbes and her involvement with FACS. After the November 2005 visit and risk assessment, she was assessed as safe, but the file kept open. The significant events of 2006 were as follows. 25. 26. In January 2006 Ms Carlyle contacted the Mutitjulu Health Clinic to check on the sexual health screening and was told it had not yet occurred. This information, apparently provided verbally by whomever it was that answered the phone, was misleading in that it did not disclose the fact that a diagnosis of STIs had already been made in relation to Kunmanara. 27. Kenny Presley was employed as an Aboriginal community welfare worker with Alice Springs FACS between 2005 and April 2008. In early May 2006, he was travelling to Hermannsberg to visit a number of his own clients, and he was requested to check on Ms Carlyles client, Kunmanara Forbes. Ms Carlyle had received some information that Kunmanara was staying at 5 Mile outstation (near Hermannsberg). When he arrived Kunmanara was not there but her mother Katrina Jingo was there. Mr Presley had never met either Ms Jingo or her daughter. He was told a number of things by Katrina Jingo which he recorded in the Case Notes. In summary, he was told that Kunmanara Forbes was not sniffing petrol if and when she stayed at 5 Mile outstation but that she often ran away to Hermannsburg (where the 10

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