April 30, 2018
By Chris O’Brien and Josh Bavas
Queensland will pay $550 million to the national redress scheme for survivors of sexual abuse in government-run institutions.
The state had delayed committing to the scheme, partly because an earlier Queensland scheme existed following the 1999 Forde Inquiry.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said 5,000 Queenslanders were expected to be eligible.
An additional 5,000 people who were abused in privately run institutions could also be eligible, but Ms Palaszczuk said that funding should come from churches and other organisations.
“What you are seeing now is an almost national consensus across the board,” she said.
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