Comment on National Apology
22nd Oct 2018
“As the Government officially apologises to the many people who have suffered as a result of institutional sexual assault, we also acknowledge their pain and their courage,” said Ms Noor Blumer, President, Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA).
“The distressing stories of abuse that the Royal Commission uncovered are shocking, and highlight an appalling lack of protection for children.
“Ensuring justice for these survivors is the reason the outcomes of the Royal Commission and the development of the National Redress Scheme have been a key priority for our Alliance for the past six years.
“Nothing can take away the devastating impact of abuse but we are hopeful that the new laws and the actions resulting from the Royal Commission will significantly reduce the risk of children being abused in the future.
“However, the exclusions from the National Redress Scheme, together with the deficiencies in the Scheme and the delay in major institutions such as the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches in implementing it remain of great concern.”