Queensland Law Society

QLS applauds Labor Govt’s removal of sex abuse claim limitation period

Date 02 Aug 2016
Contact Tony Keim
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The Queensland Law Society has applauded the Queensland Government’s announcement of the removal of limitation periods on child sex abuse claims.

QLS president Bill Potts said the Society had long called for this form of legislative change to allow victims of sex abuse to have access to justice.

Mr Potts’ comments come a week after he voiced his support for the Queensland LNP’s plans to abolish the time restrictions if reelected to government.

“QLS is thrilled the Labor Palaszczuk Government has announced it will legislate to remove the statute of limitations for victims of institutionalised sexual abuse later this month,” he said.

“QLS has previously made submission to the State Government that this was the appropriate direction to go. It will allow people who have suffered from institutional child abuse to have access to justice.

“It is not simply about them getting money, but rather acknowledging the life-long pain and suffering of child abuse victims and providing just compensation so they can receive counseling and help the need as a result of the betrayal suffered in their youth.
Mr Potts said it was a positive sign that both the state Labor and LNP parties had taken a bi-partisan approach to such an important issue."


For further information, please contact Tony Keim on 07 3842 5835, mobile 0488 433 884 or via email, media@qls.com.au.