Time limits must be removed on Qld abuse claims: ALA
25th Jul 2016
The Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) has today supported calls for the removal of time limits on institutionalised abuse claims in Queensland.
ALA Queensland President Michelle James said moves from the LNP to commit to such a reform if elected to government were welcome, and urged all sides of politics to prioritise action on limitation periods for survivors of institutionalised abuse.
“The Royal Commission was very clear last year in recommending two important courses of action in response to the many issues identified over the course of 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.
“Both of these initiatives are needed as an urgent priority in Queensland.
“The Federal Government have continued to stall on delivering on a national redress scheme, it has been over eight months since the Royal Commission handed down its recommendations and very little has been done by the Commonwealth to deliver on this.
“Statutes of time limitations however are something that the State Government can and should act on now - the State does not need to wait for the Commonwealth on a national redress scheme to remove this barrier now for survivors in Queensland.
“We today again call on the State Government to act now on removing time limits in abuse cases in Queensland, other states have moved already to address this imbalance and it is time that Queensland did so also.
“We also continue to call for the Federal Government to genuinely commence efforts for a national redress scheme, survivors have waited long enough and deserve much better from the Commonwealth in response to this,” she said.