For immediate release
Sunday February 25, 2018
Protest over SA Government’s National Redress failure
Nick Xenophon, Leader of SA-BEST, will address a protest meeting of Australian Care Leavers at Parliament House Adelaide TOMORROW MORNING, Monday, February 26 2018.
CLAN CEO Leonie Sheedy said CLAN wanted to highlight the failure of the SA Labor Government to “opt-in” to the Federal Government’s National Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional sexual abuse.
“Mr Xenophon his given his support to the National Redress Scheme and understands the importance of having a scheme fully supported by all State Governments, Churches and Charities when it comes into effect in July,” Ms Sheedy said.
“The Liberal Party has also committed to opting into the National Redress Scheme if it wins Government on March 17.
“Mr Weatherill and his Government have consistently refused to concede that their state-based compensation scheme is inadequate and inconsistent and hasn’t delivered justice to people abused in South Australian-run Orphanages, Children’s Homes and Foster Care.
“The Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse revealed the true extent of the ongoing trauma experienced by people who were abused in Australian institutions.
“The SA Government knew Redress was in the terms of reference when Premier Weatherill signed the Royal Patent for the Royal Commission five years ago.
“We will be saying to our members, and to Australians who support us, this is an issue to consider when they visit the ballot box. Does this party support the best interests of Care Leavers and will they “opt-in” to the National Redress Scheme?“ Ms Sheedy said.
SA Clannies as well as Care Leavers from Wodonga, Geelong, Perth and QLD will gather on the steps of Parliament House Adelaide from 9:00am tomorrow morning. They will be wearing their distinctive blue CLAN t-shirts and holding protest signs.
Media are welcome to attend this event. For more information please contact
CLAN CEO Leonie Sheedy M: 0425 204 747