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Monday, 18 June 2018
Page: 3162

Senator HINCH (Victoria) (20:31): I, and also on behalf of Senators Pratt, Griff, Siewert and Storer, move:

At the end of the motion, add: "but, while the Senate:

(a) welcomes the establishment of a National Redress Scheme and the announcement of a National Apology; and

(b) appreciates that survivors have been waiting a long time for a National Redress Scheme, and that the implementation of such a scheme is urgent and overdue;

the Senate notes its concerns that:

(c) the scheme does not fulfil all of the recommendations of the Royal Commission, which were the product of extensive consultation with victims and survivors;

(d) critical issues, such as the adequacy of the maximum payments and the counselling available to survivors under the scheme remain of concern to survivors and their representatives; and

(e) relevant prior payments should not be indexed under the scheme".

Question agreed to.

Original question, as amended, agreed to.

Bills read a second time.