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Government set to miss deadline on redress scheme



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THE HON JENNY MACKLIN MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR FAMILIES & PAYMENTS SHADOW MINISTER FOR DISABILITY REFORM MEMBER FOR JAGAJAGA

THE HON MARK DREYFUS QC MP SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERAL SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ARTS MEMBER FOR ISAACS

SENATOR CLAIRE MOORE SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN SHADOW MINISTER FOR CARERS SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMMUNITIES

SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND

GOVERNMENT SET TO MISS DEADLINE ON REDRESS SCHEME

The Government looks set to miss the deadline set by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to announce whether it will establish a National Redress Scheme.

In its final report into redress and civil litigation, the Royal Commission determined that around 60,000 survivors of child sexual abuse should be given access to redress. These extraordinary men and women have survived horrific abuse at the hands of institutions that should have been responsible for their care.

On 27 October Labor announced our support for a National Redress Scheme. We are committed to ensuring that survivors get the redress they deserve.

The Royal Commission expressly recommended that, if a National Redress Scheme was to commence operation by 2017, the Australian Government should determine and announce its support by the end of 2015.

Despite receiving the Royal Commission’s final report on redress in August, the Government is yet to do so.

Labor established the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to give the thousands of people affected by these evil crimes an opportunity to finally be heard.

But we always knew this would only be the start of the process of healing. The establishment of a National Redress Scheme is the next important step.

It’s time for the Government to announce where it stands.

MONDAY, 21 DECEMBER 2015

MEDIA CONTACT: LACHLAN POULTER (MACKLIN) 0423 937 655 DAVID ROWE (DREYFUS) 0427 915 633 MEREDITH HORNE (MOORE) 0408 599 800