Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert and WA Greens MLC Alison Xamon have welcomed Western Australia finally committing to the national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse.
Alison Xamon MLC said:
“WA was the last state to fully commit to the scheme but I’m glad they’ve finally got on board. This will be a huge relief for survivors in WA, many of whom are vulnerable, ageing and ill – and have been waiting for a long time.
“In response to my question in Parliament yesterday, the Government confirmed progress had been made on issues which had been preventing WA from opting into the scheme, such as the eligibility of survivors who are now in prison – and the responsibility for child migrants.
“While there is still some way to go, I am pleased that there has now been a clear indication that WA will sign-up.”
Senator Rachel Siewert said:
“I welcome the Federal Government committing to adopt 104 out of 122 Royal Commission recommendations related to the Commonwealth. I will be inquiring as to why the remaining 18 are only being ‘considered’ at this stage.
“Although national redress is obviously welcome, I continue to urge the Government to commit to a cap of $200,000 for survivors instead of the $150,000 the Government has committed to. $200,000 was the recommended amount by the Royal Commission and the Government should always have committed to that.
“The outcome of national redress is due to survivors who have bravely campaigned for years and years. I urge more organisations to commit to the scheme so it can be as extensive, functional and effective as possible”.