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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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inference was that she was sniffing petrol) contrary to the wishes of her mother. Ms Carlyle accepted based on this information (which she conceded was limited) that Kunmanara Forbes was at that time still within the family unit in terms of care. In June a number of people advised Ms Carlyle that Kunmanara was living between town camps in Alice Springs. She received conflicting information about Kunmanaras health and petrol sniffing. Despite some visits to Alice Springs hospital (where relatives were staying) and a couple of addresses in Alice Springs, Ms Carlyle did not locate Kunmanara. 28. On 6 July 2006, police located Kunmanara Forbes at a town camp in Alice Springs and brought her to the police station with her mother for an interview by the Operation Prell investigators. Ms Carlyle was assisting the Operation Prell and between late June and July, she travelled to a number of remote communities with police for the purpose of the investigations. On 6 July 2006, FACS in Alice Springs advised the interviewing police that they had no one available to attend the joint Taskforce interview with Kunmanara Forbes. By unfortunate coincidence, Ms Carlyle was travelling to Mutitjulu that day in connection with Operation Prell. After the interview, police reported back to FACS that although she had disclosed no matters of a criminal nature, they still had concerns about Kunmanara. That is contemporaneously recorded on the PROMIS system but does not appear on the FACS file. Ms Carlyle was not aware of it at the time (Transcript p88). This lack of coordination and communication appears on a number of occasions in the history of this matter. The unavailability of any FACS representative to attend a joint interview with a client about whom they apparently had ongoing concerns clearly highlights the staffing problems within FACS in Alice Springs in 2005 and 2006 about which I heard evidence. \ 29. In the early hours of 5 August 2006 Kunmanara Forbes was taken to Nyrripi Health Clinic by extended family reporting that she had attempted suicide by 11

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