Remember… You won’t find anyone who has been happy with what they got from a government-operated redress scheme.
Queensland had the Forde Scheme, Western Australia had a scheme and so did Tasmania. None of these so-called ‘statutory schemes’ have benefited survivors. The schemes offered peanuts and treated survivors like homeless people begging for bread.
Governments have an appalling record in this area.
The way this bill has been written is of a particular concern. The very fact there is no right of appeal for these payments will have a negative impact on individuals who sign up for the NRS only to find their payment is much lower than what they deserve. Once they’ve found out, it’s too late. The NRS will NOT be paying you for lost income or loss of earning capacity. These things are a huge red flag for victims and families of victims.
The area of historical sexual abuse law is complex.
The National Redress Scheme will be Malcolm Turnbull’s shining legacy – but in fact it has been thrown together in a big rush and passed without listening to all the warnings. It will be divisive. It won’t offer the money or the justice you deserve. It’s not what the Royal Commission recommended.
There will be some survivors who are excluded.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses are the only church of any size which has refused to sign up to the NRS. It has not issued a blanket apology to its victims. You will have to see a solicitor if you want justice from the JW’s. This secretive organisation will not admit any wrongdoing. It has to be sued in the civil courts which can be risky and expensive.
If you would like to learn more about how Kelso Lawyers can help you with a claim through the National Redress Scheme, contact our team today.
If you would like more information on claiming compensation for the abuse you suffered, download our guide to compensation today.