Four out of five child sexual abuse survivors will be covered by the national redress scheme, after the Anglican Church, Salvation Army, YMCA and Scouts Australia joined the Catholic Church in endorsing it. Source: Canberra Times.
Flanked by institution representatives in Canberra, Social Services Minister Dan Tehan said those who had yet to sign up would be judged by the public and thanked those who had.
"For owning up to past wrongs, to owning up to behaviour that can only be described as despicable and deplorable, to turn a page," Mr Tehan said.
The Anglican Church had reached an "in-principle agreement" to join, a day after the Catholic Church said it would sign up to the $3.8 billion scheme.
The YMCA also said yesterday it was working with all 19 YMCAs across Australia to help ensure it can be part of the scheme, once it is expected to start next month.
Scouts Australia chief commissioner Neville Tomkins praised the government for providing the scheme to recognise the impact of "horrific crimes".
Major Brad Halse said the Salvation Army was "profoundly sorry" for the abuse children suffered, and his organisation wants to be ready for the redress scheme from July 1.
Legislation to enable the opt-in scheme passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday night, and Mr Tehan said the scheme could begin on July 1 if it passed the Senate.
The Catholic Church has estimated it will itself be liable for about $1 billion in compensation.
Mr Tehan was hopeful the last state yet to join, Western Australia, would sign up in the next couple of weeks, after reaching an agreement with state attorney-general John Quigley.
The scheme will cover about 60,000 institutional child sexual abuse survivors nationally, with compensation payments capped at $150,000.
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