QLD’s commitment to acknowledge the pain of abuse victims a step forward: QLS
1 May 2018
Queensland Law Society president Ken Taylor has welcomed the news that Queensland would acknowledge the suffering of those abused in government run institutions by joining the National Redress Scheme.
Following the Queensland Government’s announcement yesterday (Mon 30 April), Mr Taylor said that it was a step towards assisting those who were sexually abused as children whilst in care.
“By joining other Australian States and Territories in this scheme, Queensland is taking a step towards helping survivors to get their lives back,” he said.
“Of course, no amount of money can make up for the pain and suffering of these survivors, but access to the counselling and assistance they need is key to a more positive future.”
The scheme was one of 189 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released in 2017.
Mr Taylor said that the Law Society had long advocated for legislation to improve the lives of those abused while in care, including work on the removal of the limitation period on child sex abuse claims.
“The Society and our members will continue to advocate for good laws that lead to public good, including ensuring that those who have suffered betrayal in the past are not penalised into the future and can receive the assistance they need,” he said.
Queensland follows Victoria and New South Wales in joining the scheme.