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CLAN Media Release - 3rd October 2018

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Salvos National Redress delay robs dying Care Leaver of hope

The failure by the Salvation Army to put its money into the Federal Government’s National Redress Scheme is robbing a terminally ill Queensland man of hope that he will receive National Redress before he dies.

CLAN CEO Leonie Sheedy says 54-year-old Tony is receiving treatment for late stage cancer and desperately wants his Redress payment in time to set money aside for his own funeral.

“Unfortunately, the Salvation Army, which ran the Bexley Boys’ Home where Tony was sexually abused, has not completed its paperwork to officially join the National Redress Scheme,” Ms Sheedy said. “Tony won’t receive any payment until the Salvos put their money in and we believe this is a final injustice – on top of the many injustices he has endured throughout his life,” Ms Sheedy said.

“Tony is also entitled to Redress from the NSW State Government. In addition to the abuse he suffered in Bexley, Tony was sexually abused while living in the notorious NSW Government run Boys’ Homes – Daruk Training School, Yasmar Child Welfare Home and Mt Penang Training Centre.

“We want the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to fast track the processing of Tony’s National Redress payment. The NSW Government should make the full Redress payment now and recoup any money owed by the Salvos later.

“This urgent case deserves special treatment. Tony was a defenceless child in the State Government’s care. The least the Government can do is make things right before it is too late.”

 

CLAN PROTEST

Where: The electorate office of

NSW Premier Gladys Berjiklian

280 Willoughby Road NAREMBURN 

When: Tuesday, October 9

Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm

 

For more information please contact CLAN CEO Leonie Sheedy M: 0425 204 747

E: support@clan.org.au and join us on twitter @CLAN_AU 


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