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Greens say strong action needed against institutions who fail to sign up to Redress Scheme by June 30 deadline 

The Australian Greens said today that the recommendations of the Interim Report of the Joint Select Committee on the Implementation of the National Redress Scheme highlights the need for reforms of the Redress scheme.
 
“There is an urgent need for action in a number of key areas particularly in view of the looming deadline for institutions to join the scheme. It is unacceptable that some institutions are not joining the scheme", Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said. 
 
“Time is up for any institutions that were named during the Royal Commission and in Redress applications.
 
“I’m particularly concerned about survivors' access to Redress where the institution is now defunct. 
 
“Federal and State/Territory Governments are supposed to be the funder of last resort when an institution no longer exists, however this part of the scheme is not delivering properly for survivors. 
 
“I’m deeply concerned about survivors not being able to get Redress because of flaws in funder of last resort processes and this needs to be fixed.
 
“The Greens highlighted the problems with many aspects of the legislation when it was debated in the Senate including this issue.
 
“The Committee has recommended the Scheme closely monitor its operations to ensure it is as responsive as possible to the increased levels of stress, anxiety and more limited access to support services experienced by survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
"I urge the Government to accept the recommendations of the interim report and act to ensure that the Redress scheme delivers for survivors."
 
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