Labor has said this week’s announcement that the Liberal Government is finally committed to a national approach to redress for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse is too little, too late.
The Royal Commission recommended that, if a National Redress Scheme was to commence operation by 2017, the Australian Government should determine and announce its support by the end of 2015.
Labor has claimed there has been months of unnecessary delay andthe Government still can’t say how exactly they intend to develop a national approach to redress, or give any indication on how long this process will take.
“The Government must immediately make clear when a national scheme will start, and what the Commonwealth’s financial contribution will be. It is important that this happen quickly so that the Royal Commission has sufficient time to examine and report on the scheme’s initial stages.” Stated Mr Shorten.
In October last year Labor announced that a Shorten Government would invest $33 million to implement a National Redress Scheme. This includes an initial $20 million contribution to establish the National Redress Agency, as well as a National Redress Advisory Council to work with all governments and institutions on the development and operation of the scheme.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was established by Labor in 2013 to give the thousands of people affected by these crimes an opportunity to finally be heard. Labor said A National Redress Scheme is the next important step and the Turnbull Government needs to stop dragging its feet.