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National redress scheme for survivors of child sex abuse supported by Senate

The Senate has supported a motion calling on the Government to provide funding of last resort as part of a national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse in institutional settings.

“For too many years, survivors of child abuse have suffered in silence, the Royal Commission was an important first step, but the Government must ensure that a national redress scheme is rolled out” , Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“Most survivors of child abuse have not been able to seek the compensation they deserve. We need a way for survivors to get redress.

“The institution in which abuse occurred should fund redress, but if that fails, there should be last resort funding provided by the State and Commonwealth.

“Survivors have waited long enough, I urge the Government to act meaningfully in this space and ensure a national scheme by mid next year”.

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