Abuse survivors not eligible for justice

Many people who suffered institutional child sexual abuse in New South Wales and Victoria are being left out in the cold by “unnecessarily strict eligibility requirements” for compensation, according to the Australian Lawyers Alliance.

“The Commonwealth’s draft law currently excludes non-citizens and non-permanent residents from accessing the scheme, regardless of how compelling their claim might be, with the option of creating rules to exclude others, such as people convicted of crimes.”

“The only eligibility requirement for accessing the scheme should be having experienced child abuse that a participating institution is responsible for.”

Given the current proposal, he suggested the scheme allow an external appeals process, and compel participation by linking redress to an institution’s charitable status.



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