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Queensland Government Actions to Compensate Survivors of Institutional Abuse: a critical and comparative evaluation

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Queensland University of Technology, Faculty of Law
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  • 180100 Law
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  • Economics
  • Law
  • Political Science

Abstract

Governments in a number of jurisdictions have responded to revelations of sustained abuse and neglect of children in State institutions by establishing schemes awarding financial compensation to survivors, and amending limitation statutes to enable the commencement of civil proceedings. In 1999, the Forde Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions reported a similarly devastating incidence of abuse and neglect, and its recommendations included the establishment by the Queensland government of a monetary compensation scheme. This article contrasts the Queensland government’s calculated failure to respond to this recommendation, and its antithetical personal injuries legislation, with the actions of its counterparts.

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