For immediate release
Monday April 27, 2018
Justice denied if National Redress Scheme allows indexation
The Federal Government’s National Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse will not deliver justice to Care Leavers if previous compensation payments are indexed before being factored into the payment process.
CLAN CEO Leonie Sheedy said she was deeply concerned that indexation could leave many Care Leavers with nothing to gain from the National Redress Scheme.
“There are Care Leavers from Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania who have already received small payments from Redress Schemes delivered by those State Governments,” Ms Sheedy said.
“These payments were generally pitifully small and further reduced once lawyers deducted their legal fees.
“We fear the Federal Government will require these previous Redress payments to be indexed to present day value and the indexed amount will be deducted from any payment they receive from the National Redress Scheme.
“For example, one of our Care Leavers, Helen, received a redress payment of $40,000 from the Queensland government ten years ago. She paid $20,000 in legal fees and was left with $20,000 in compensation for the abuse committed upon her as a child.
“If the National Redress Scheme indexes the total payment of $40,000, even though she never received the full amount, she may gain very little extra from the new scheme, once the indexed payment has been deducted.
“The National Redress Scheme comes into effect on July 1 and Care Leavers are calling on both the Liberal Government and the Labor Opposition to support no indexing on previous redress payments.
“Indexing will rob the poorest of abuse victims who deserve to be properly compensated for the despicable crimes committed upon them as children.”
Media are welcome to attend this event. For more information please contact
CLAN CEO Leonie Sheedy M: 0425 204 747