PM commits to national redress scheme

Plus NSW foster care centres face widespread shutdowns

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull October 10, 2016 by Peter Kelso

PM Turnbull commits to $4.3-billion national redress scheme

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has committed to a multi-billion-dollar redress scheme proposed by the Royal Commission into Child Sex Abuse.

Turnbull’s commitment came during a private meeting with a group of child abuse survivors just one day following Senate calls for a ‘meaningful commitment’ to the proposal.

The $4.3-billion national redress scheme would implement an independent body with the power to order offending institutions to apologise, pay compensation and help with the medical expenses of child abuse victims.

NSW foster care centres face widespread shutdowns

NSW’s controversial foster care centres face shutdowns after Family and Community Services Minister Brad Hazzard announced a range of urgent measures to improve the State’s dysfunctional foster care centres.

Minimum professional standards for carers along with mandatory training are among the new measures, and non-profit centres will also be subject to new mandatory benchmarks.

Hazzard also warned that centres that don’t comply with the new measures will be shut down.

Paedophile priest John Joseph Farrell adds insult to injury

Convicted paedophile priest John Joseph Farrell not only expressed no regret for his crimes, but also told a bishop that his victims “enjoyed” the sexual activity.

Former Parramatta bishop Kevin Manning also told the Royal Commission into Child Sex Abuse that Farrell asked the Catholic Church for a $25,000 loan while sexual abuse allegations were being made against him.

Farrell was sentenced to prison in May for a string of sexual offences against children.

 

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