Select committee (AU) : revoke charitable status for institutional lack of action

Institutions that refuse to sign up to the national redress scheme for child sexual abuse victims should be penalised and have their charity status revoked, a parliamentary committee has found.

The redress scheme “may never be properly accepted by survivors as a fair scheme” unless significant changes were made, the damning report said.

The five-year royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse made 74 recommendations on how a national redress scheme should operate. The government has accepted most of them, but not all. The parliamentary committee was tasked with examining how the recommendations were being rolled out, and the response to the redress legislation from survivors.

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