Victoria on brink of national redress scheme for sex abuse survivors

The Age

February 24, 2018

By Farrah Tomazin

Premier Daniel Andrews has given the strongest signal yet that Victoria is on the brink of signing up to a national compensation scheme for child sex abuse survivors.

Speaking during a whirlwind trip to the US, Mr Andrews also confirmed his government was preparing new laws that could invalidate a controversial legal tactic preventing survivors of clergy abuse from suing the Catholic Church.

As revealed by The Age on Saturday, the passing of such laws in Victoria could expose billions of dollars in assets of the Catholic Church and other religious bodies to potential legal action for the first time in more than a decade.

“We’ll very soon introduce into the Parliament a bill to deal with that. What’s more, we are very hopeful of being able to sign on to a true national redress scheme as well,” Mr Andrews told Sky News in Washington.

“The Prime Minister and I, and I think perhaps the Premier of NSW, will have more to say about that quite soon.”

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