National Redress Scheme applicant numbers lower than expected, prompting calls for urgent investigation

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

By Erin Parke

David Francis is waiting for a dollar figure to be put on the sexual abuse he suffered as a child growing up in Catholic institutions in Western Australia.

“It’s a bit weird, like the last chapter of your life being sort of sorted,” he said.

“Like your final pay cheque, and you won’t have to talk about it anymore.”

The 58-year-old Nyul Nyul man was taken into state care at the age of six and — like thousands of other Aboriginal Australians — grew up in church-run mission

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