Queensland Law Society

QLS backs LNP call to remove sex abuse claim limitation period

Date 24 Jul 2016
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The Queensland Law Society has thrown its support by the Queensland LNP’s plan to remove the limitation period on child sex abuse claims if elected to government.

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.

“We are thrilled Shadow Attorney-General Ian Walker and Opposition leader Tim Nicholls have announced this policy in Brisbane today (SUN 24 July),’’ Mr Potts 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 the counselling and help they need as a result of the betrayal suffered in their youth.”

Mr Potts’ comments came after Mr Nicholls said the police would empower child sex abuse survivors to seek the justice they deserve, no matter how long ago the alleged offence occurred.

“The current laws mean child sex abuse survivors have just three years from their 18th birthday to lodge a claim against their alleged perpetrator,” Mr Nicholls said.

“However, many survivors find it too difficult to deal with the trauma involved in seeking justice for their abuse until well into their adulthood, but it is unfair to deny them justice in these circumstances.

“That’s why, if elected, an LNP Government will remove the limitation of claims, as recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse.”

Shadow Attorney-General Ian Walker said the LNP would seek to introduce legislation into Queensland Parliament within the first 100 days of government.

In May, Mr Potts told ABC radio that denying victims the right to compensation due to time restriction was “heartless.”

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