For immediate release
Monday October 9, 2017
CLAN to protest over Victoria’s failure to commit to National Redress
Members of Care Leavers Australasia Network (CLAN) will stage a silent protest outside Victoria’s State Parliament TODAY, Monday, October 9, 2017, to highlight the Andrews Government’s inaction over the National Redress Scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse.
CLAN executive officer Leonie Sheedy said the Victorian Government had so far failed to commit to the Federal Government’s scheme.
“For the National Redress Scheme to be effective, it needs to be a fully national scheme involving all governments, churches and charities,” Ms Sheedy said.
“Unfortunately, the Federal Government’s ‘opt-in’ national scheme has given institutions an ‘out’ and, so far, not a single state government has committed to the scheme.
“National Redress is essential to deliver justice to people sexually abused as children in Australia’s Orphanages, Children’s Homes and Foster Care.
“We believe the Andrews Labor Government should demonstrate national leadership and be the first to join the scheme, encouraging other state governments to do the same.
“Failing that, the Federal Government should consider penalising governments and withdrawing tax free benefits from churches and charities that don’t commit to National Redress.
“This is an issue of national importance. Care Leavers have lived with the life-long physical and psychological trauma of childhood sexual abuse and deserve National Redress before it is too late to make a difference to their lives,” Ms Sheedy said.
CLAN Silent Protest
Where: In front of Parliament House, Victoria - Spring Street, Melbourne
When: Monday October 9, 2017
Time: 11:30am to 1:30pm
For more information please contact CLAN CEO Leonie Sheedy