NSW Govt removal of time limits in abuse cases important step in providing access to justice for survivors

16 February 2016
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers have today welcomed the announcement from the New South Wales Government that it will legislate to remove time limits for survivors of institutionalised abuse.

Maurice Blackburn Senior Associate Danielle De Paoli said today’s announcement was an important step in providing access to justice for survivors, and called on other states yet to remove time limits to act on this as a priority.

“Today’s announcement is very important in providing access to justice for victims of institutionalised abuse,” Ms De Paoli said.

“For so many of the clients we act for, coming forward to seek help for what happened to them is incredibly difficult and for many it can often take a number of years before they feel they can even talk about what happened.

“Removing time limits in these cases will mean that people in New South Wales impacted by these incidents will now have access to their full legal rights to compensation, irrespective of when they come forward.

“Today’s announcement follows an earlier announcement from Victoria to also remove time limits for institutionalised abuse cases, and we again call on all states to now join with New South Wales and Victoria in addressing this for survivors as soon as possible,” she said.

Ms De Paoli said in addition to the removal of time limits, it was also critical that efforts continued to establish a national redress scheme for survivors of institutionalised abuse.

“The Royal Commission made clear in September last year that a national redress scheme is the most appropriate and comprehensive way forward in assisting survivors of institutionalised abuse.

“Five months on we are still yet to see any significant response from the Federal Government to this, and it is unacceptable.

“It is time for the Federal Government to step up and deliver a national redress scheme – survivors have waited long enough for this and they deserve better,” she said.

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