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Tasmania public service sex abuse claims

Two more Tasmanian public servants have been stood down pending investigations into sexual abuse allegations, adding to a growing list in recent months.

The accusations, against employees in the state's north, have been referred to police for assessment.

"It is important to note that being stood down is not an indication of wrongdoing," the state government said in a statement.

"The presumption of innocence until proven guilty must be upheld."

About a dozen public servants since November have been stood down pending investigation, the majority relating to allegations of sexual abuse.

Premier Peter Gutwein in November announced a statewide commission of inquiry would be set up to examine the response of state government agencies to allegations of child sexual abuse.

He is expected to soon reveal who will head the commission, which could run for a year.

The inquiry was launched after allegations of sexual abuse were levelled against a nurse in Launceston and workers at the state-run Ashley Youth Detention Centre.

State opposition parties are calling for the Liberal government to release more details about where the stood down employees work.

"The government has provided no information to the public about which agency or agencies these employees work for," Greens leader Cassy O'Connor said.

"(No information about) whether their removal from a workplace relates to allegations of historical or contemporary abuse, or what action has been taken to support any children or young people who may have been harmed."

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