Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has welcomed news that the Federal Government has announced a national redress for survivors of child abuse in Australia, which will roll out in 2018.
“For far too long survivors of child abuse have called for a National Redress Scheme, which would deliver the compensation they so desperately deserve.
“Survivors who have campaigned hard will be relieved that the Commonwealth plans to roll out national redress. It was evident in the Royal Commission that a single national redress needed to be run by the Commonwealth, rather than a scheme run by institutions.
“The Greens supported the recommendations from the Royal Commission which advised on how best to compensate survivors.
“We welcome survivors being able to seek compensation of up to $150,000, but note that the Royal Commission recommended payments up to $200,000. I am sure it is not too late for the Government to match this recommendation.
“I hope states, territories and institutions opt in to the scheme and make it the best possible scheme it can be”.