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Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Childhood Sexual Abuse

Liberals Must Listen to Survivors and Church Leaders and Commit to National Redress Scheme

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader

While the Hodgman Liberals continue to drag their heels, Tasmania church leaders have joined forces to call for the State to join the National Child Abuse Redress Scheme.

A key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the National Redress Scheme is set to commence on 1 July 2019.  Tasmania has yet to commit.

Greens Commit to Redress Scheme for Victims of Institutional Child Abuse

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader

The Premier's refusal to commit to the national redress scheme for victims of past sexual abuse, along with Labor's silence on the issue, are a slap in the face to the estimated 1,750 Tasmanian survivors who would be eligible under the scheme.

The National Redress Scheme was a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and now has the commitment of the Federal Government to commence on 1 July next year.

Premier’s Refusal to Commit to National Redress Scheme for Survivors of Past 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.

Hodgman Government Failing Survivors of Past Childhood Sexual Abuse

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

The Hodgman Government is letting down Tasmanian victims of past sexual abuse by failing to allocate funds in this year's Budget towards the National Redress Scheme, a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Established by the Gillard Government in 2013, the Royal Commission has held hearings around the country, including Tasmania, listening to harrowing stories of the sexual abuse of children placed in the 'care' of church run and other institutions.  

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