Labor has today joined calls for changes to the National Redress Scheme to ensure survivors don’t miss out. In particular the Government must ensure the elderly, or those with illness, are urgently able to access advance payments under the National Redress Scheme, says The Hon. Catherine King MP Federal Member for Ballarat.
Labor calls on the Government to urgently undertake the following measures:
• Establish an advance payment scheme for survivors who are elderly or suffering illness so that they don’t miss out on redress – similar to the advance payment scheme in Scotland;
• Publicly name and shame all institutions which have not signed up to the scheme – as promised;
• Make future federal funding agreements for institutions contingent on signing up to the scheme;
• Speed up the decision making process; fix the arbitrary assessment matrix; lift the cap on payments to $200,000 as recommended by the royal commission; expand funder of last resort provisions; and end the indexing of prior payments.
“It has now been almost five years since the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released its redress and civil litigation report, and far too many survivors are still waiting,” Ms King said.
“The redress report was prioritised for release before the final report because the commissioners recognised the urgency of providing at least some form of justice to the tens of thousands of Australians who were sexually abused as children in the institutions that were trusted to care for them.”
“But this Government then waited more than two years before even introducing legislation to establish a redress scheme.”