April 23, 2018

The proposed redress scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse is meant to start in just ten weeks, however the majority of states and institutions have not yet signed up to the redress scheme.

The Turnbull Government hasn’t even brought on its redress legislation for debate in the House of Representatives.

Federal Labor believes that there is no excuse for any state government, church, institution or non-government organisation not to join the redress scheme.

With ten weeks until the proposed 1 July start date - we urge all states and institutions to sign up to the scheme as soon as possible.

Survivors of institutional child sexual abuse have been waiting for redress for decades. They shouldn’t have to wait any longer.

It has already taken too long for Mr Turnbull to take action in establishing a national redress scheme.

In 2015, the Royal Commission made an interim recommendation that a national redress scheme be operational by July 2017.

It was the Gillard Labor Government that established the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2013.

Redress means so much to the more than 60,000 survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.

Labor understands that no amount of money can make up for the pain and trauma experienced by survivors.

However, redress is a vital step along the path to healing for survivors of child sexual abuse.


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Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra