Lawyers welcome removal of time limits for Qld child abuse claims
2nd Aug 2016
ALA Queensland President Michelle James has welcomed new Queensland legislation to remove time limits on institutional abuse claims, saying it will give survivors renewed hope that they can access justice.
“The Royal Commission was very clear last year in recommending two important courses of action in response to the many issues identified during its inquiry,” Ms James said.
“Specifically that included a removal of statutes of limitation that restrict legal rights for survivors of institutional abuse, and the implementation of a national redress scheme.”
“We are very pleased the State Government has not waited any longer for the Commonwealth to act and this barrier is now removed for survivors in Queensland.”
“It can take years for abuse survivors to build up the courage to come forward and removing these restrictive time pressures will allow the breathing space some will need before they seek redress.”
“We also continue to call for the Federal Government to establish a national redress scheme, consistent with the Royal Commission’s specific recommendation. The Government should embrace the significant goodwill amongst the Opposition and the crossbench to make this a reality this year. Survivors have waited long enough,” she said.