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Monday, 18 June 2018
Page: 3161


Senator FIERRAVANTI-WELLS (New South WalesMinister for International Development and the Pacific) (20:29): I thank my parliamentary colleagues for their contribution to this debate on the vital issue of redress for the survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. We all have our own stories of how this Redress Scheme will benefit someone we know or someone who has contacted our offices. Today we can end a process that began seven years ago. With the passage of this bill, the Commonwealth, with the assistance of all state and territory governments and many non-government institutions, will now be able to implement a significant and meaningful National Redress Scheme for survivors. It is time to acknowledge the wrongs of the past and provide survivors the recognition they deserve. I commend the bill to the Senate.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT ( Senator Kitching ): The question is that the second reading amendment moved by Senator Siewert by agreed to.

Question negatived.