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20      National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Amendment Bill 2021

Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and the Digital Economy (Senator Hume)—That this bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Senator Pratt moved the following amendment:

At the end of the motion, add “, but the Senate:

(a)              notes the Government has not committed to implementing all the recommendations of the second anniversary review of the National Redress Scheme; and

(b)              calls on the Government to listen to survivors and:

(i)                    increase the cap on payments to $200,000, as recommended by the Royal Commission,

(ii)                  end the indexation of prior payments,

(iii)                fix the assessment matrix and properly recognise the impact of abuse,

(iv)                make sure funder of last resort arrangements are in place so survivors do not miss out,

(v)                  address the limitations in the support that enables survivors to access redress, noting the large shortfall in expected applications, including among First Nations people,

(vi)                guarantee that offers of redress will not be reduced on review, and

(vii)              provide ongoing counselling and support”.

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put and negatived. All Opposition and Australian Greens senators, by leave, recorded their votes for the ayes.

Main question put and passed.

Bill read a second time.

No amendments to the bill were circulated and no senator required that it be considered in committee.

On the motion of the Minister for Families and Social Services (Senator Ruston) the bill was read a third time.