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Premier's Refusal to Commit to National Redress Scheme for Survivors of Past Abuse

Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Monday, 5 June 2017

Tags: National Redress Scheme, Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Childhood Sexual Abuse

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Childhood Sexual Abuse estimated 7500 Tasmanians who would be eligible for a national redress scheme at a cost to the State of around $13.5 million over the next decade.

In Estimates today, the Premier refused to state that his government is committed to contributing towards the Scheme.

Tasmanian survivors of childhood sexual abuse have been denied justice and let down enough.  They needed to hear a commitment from the Premier today.

Instead, he waffled and squibbed on questions the Greens were asking on behalf of those Tasmanians who still carry the scars of their abuse at the hands of churches, charities and State-run institutions.

When asked about the lack of funds in the State Budget for redress for survivors of institutional sexual abuse, the Premier was non-committal.  He had the opportunity to reassure survivors, and he failed to take it.

When asked by Ms Dawkins about the lack of State funds, or intention to fund across the forward estimates, the Treasurer indicated that any funds could come from the government's surplus.

We hope the Treasurer is correct and that the State will commit to contributing towards the national Scheme, that these funds will be made available, and that survivors will be able to access funds as a measure of compensation for a life affected by horrific, damaging sexual abuse.