Dy­ing to be paid re­dress

Child abuse sur­vivor on death bed

The Chronicle - - News - AN­GUS LIV­INGSTON/AAP

ONE child sex abuse sur­vivor has died with­out get­ting a re­dress pay­ment, an­other in Toowoomba is close to death and many more fear dy­ing be­fore see­ing any money.

Just seven or eight peo­ple have been paid out in the four months since the scheme opened, with thou­sands more ex­pected.

Tony Duffy, from Toowoomba, sur­vived hor­rific abuse but is now gravely ill in a city hos­pi­tal, wait­ing for com­pen­sa­tion that might not ar­rive if he dies.

Care Leavers Aus­trala­sia Net­work’s Leonie Sheedy said Mr Duffy de­served to hear that his suf­fer­ing was be­ing recog­nised.

“Tony’s doc­tor told him he wouldn’t be alive by De­cem­ber,” Ms Sheedy told AAP.

So­cial Ser­vices Min­is­ter Paul Fletcher has urged in­sti­tu­tions to sign up to the re­dress scheme so sur­vivors can start get­ting pay­ments.

“It is vi­tal that they turn words into ac­tion,” Mr Fletcher said re­cently.

But his of­fice con­firmed in­sti­tu­tions were be­ing “en­cour­aged” to sign up, rather than be­ing forced to.

Mr Fletcher’s of­fice also said the scheme was work­ing with in­sti­tu­tions and gov­ern­ments to bring them on board as quickly as pos­si­ble when sur­vivors are ill or dy­ing.

“If some­one passes away af­ter mak­ing a com­plete ap­pli­ca­tion and they are made an of­fer of re­dress, their es­tate can re­ceive their re­dress pay­ment,” his spokes­woman told AAP.

Photo: Con­ributed

HOLD­ING OUT HOPE: Tony Duffy is cur­rently in the Toowoomba Hos­pi­tal. Doc­tors told him he has weeks to live.

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