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27    Law and Justice—Abuse of Children in Institutional Care—National Redress Scheme

Senator Moore, also on behalf of Senator McLucas, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1179—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes the important work undertaken by the Community Affairs References Committee in its inquiry into children in institutional care, which recommended the acknowledgement, on behalf of the nation, of:

                  (i)   the hurt and distress suffered by many children in institutional care,

                 (ii)   a National Apology,

                (iii)   redress for their suffering, and

                (iv)   a Royal Commission into this national shame;

    (b)   recognises that the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released in September 2015 its final report into redress and civil litigation, and listed 99 recommendations, including recommendation 28 - ‘The Australian Government should determine and announce by the end of 2015 that it is willing to establish a single national redress scheme’;

     (c)   acknowledges that survivors have been waiting their whole lives for recognition of the crimes perpetrated against them as children, and for the ongoing suffering those crimes cause them;

    (d)   notes that the Australian Labor Party announced in October 2015 that a Shorten Government would invest $33 million to implement a national redress scheme, which would include an initial $20 million contribution to establish the National Redress Agency, as well as a National Redress Advisory Council to work with all governments and institutions on the development and operation of the scheme; and

     (e)   calls on the Government to work towards establishing a National Redress Scheme.

Statement by leave : The Minister for Vocational Education and Skills (Senator Ryan), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.