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REDRESS SCHEME: GOVERNMENT SEIZES CHILD VICTIM COMPENSATION

Posted in community,Indigenous,justice,Social Teachings by cjpcbrisbane on July 31, 2009
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Catholic Prison Ministry MEDIA RELEASE 22 JULY 2009

Catholic Prison Ministry is calling on the Queensland Government to abandon the Corrective Services and other Legislation Amendment Bill 2009 set to be voted on in two weeks. The Bill provides the Chief Executive of Queensland Corrective Services to freeze funds held in prisoner trust accounts. Under recent changes to the Corrective Services Regulations, the Queensland Corrective Services Chief Executive can then deduct funds from trust accounts to reimburse the State for payments made to victims of crime.

Queenslanders who has been wards of the state or who have spent time in Queensland institutions may be eligible for victim’s compensation through the Queensland Government’s Redress Scheme. Queensland prisoners who have received compensation are being asked to sign a deed, allowing for compensation to be placed into a prison trust account.

“These changes fail to recognise that these prisoners were child victims, violated and now violated again, and shows the Qld government is has little regard in redressing the abuse suffered by children in its care who are now troubled adults in need of help and support to get their lives on track.”

Many of the Redress applicants hardest hit will be Indigenous Australians who have experienced generations of abuse.

The proposed Legislative changes, to be voted on in two weeks time, will:

  • Punish and silence survivors for reporting abuse who will also have to sign away their right to seek further compensation
  • Ignore the different financial needs of short-term and long-term prisoners
  • Impinge on basic needs and the human rights of those detained in Queensland

Catholic Prison Ministry believes that the Queensland Government should drop the Corrective Services and other Legislation Amendment Bill 2009 and remove from QCS Regulations the ability for the Chief Executive to hand Redress Scheme payments back to the State.

“Freezing and seizing child victim payouts is contrary to the intent of the Redress Scheme, worsening the sense of hopelessness suffered by child abuse survivors and exacerbating the risk of self-harm and social exclusion for already vulnerable people” said Dave Martin, CPM Coordinator.

Further comment available through Catholic Prison Ministry

Coordinator Dave Martin 0408467577,

email: coordinator@cpmqld.com

Dave Martin
Coordinator
Catholic Prison Ministry
p3846 7577-m0408467577-f38442703
PO Box 5251 West End 4101

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  1. Rona Seabrook said,

    Good morning,
    I am one of the home kids who was traumatised in Queensland orphanages. These people who have been imprisioned may not be so if their childhood was not the way it was. They have been punished once now the greed of the government wants to take the pittance they will get. How many times do they have to pay for being a home child. All this so called compassion by offering us HOME kids a pittance is a farce to make the government look good. If these people are in prision let them have their compensation just don’t throw them to the wolves again.Once a HOME KID always a HOME KID. They did not mind giving that judge $500-000 for 6 months in prision, some children were in homes for 18 year and more. Seems to be one rule for the rich and one rule for the HOME KIDS. Thank you for letting me give my opinion a HOME KID Rona.

  2. kylah hewetson said,

    Hi I was a ward of the state for 18 years and suffered all kinds of abuse in care. I am seeking the right redress scheme paperwork. I have all kinds of documentation. Please feel free to email me back please if you can help me.


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