Victims of Crime betrayed by O’Farrell and Fred Nile

At 4:30am on Thursday morning the O’Farrell government, with the support of the Shooters MPs and Fred Nile, have forced through harsh retrospective cuts to the rights of victims of crime.

The complete debate including contributions by all speakers is available on the Parliamentary website here.

Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:Justice new

“The Victims Rights and Support Bill passed through the Upper House this morning with only one small amendment that removes the time limit in which victims of child sexual abuse have to make claims for compensation.

“This amendment, while a small positive step, does not come close to making this law anything other than a brutal assault on the rights of victims of crime.

“Many victims of domestic violence will see their compensation drastically reduced or even entirely removed.

“The same O’Farrell government that granted registered clubs hundreds of millions of dollars in ongoing poker machine tax concessions in its first months of government, now says it can not find a single fresh dollar to adequately fund victims compensation.

“This uncaring government is ensuring every dollar in savings is taken from victims by refusing to commit any fresh treasury funding to keep fairness in the scheme.

“Some 24,000 individual victims of violent crime, who have filed claims for compensation, face losing most or all of their rights due to the retrospectivity of this legislation.

“These victims have gone through the often painful process of submitting their claim, a process that can involve tens or hundreds of hours of collection of documentary evidence and the reliving of intensely painful personal experiences.

“They have done so in good faith, under the existing laws, but will now be subject to this brutal new regime because the government has decided that in NSW we cannot afford to treat victims of crime with decency.

“Despite the unfairness and hurt that this legislation will visit on victims of crime, the O’Farrell government, with the support of the right wing minor parties, have forced this legislation through in the small hours of the morning,” Mr Shoebridge said.

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6 Responses to Victims of Crime betrayed by O’Farrell and Fred Nile

  1. Maureen Searson May 30, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    I have a compensation case in the very early stages (not listed) so I feel devastated that I will not be eligible for compensation that I was advised to apply for.

    I feel devastated about the brutal attitude of the O’Farrell government the minor parties, and conservative ideology in general, that has no place for fairness and compassion, or concern for fellow human beings.

    I also feel deeply concerned about what is going to happen to our country if the Tony Abbott becomes Prime Minister.

    Thank you David for your work for victims rights!

    • jeremy June 3, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

      Surely he can’t be any worse than JG tho?

  2. Jennifer Herrick May 30, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    Here here Mareen. What is wrong with Fred Nile?

    • Maureen Searson May 30, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

      Hi Jennifer yes I know. Personally, I think Fred Nile’s attitude just demonstrates how fundamentalist ideologies allow people to hide behind prejudice and power!

  3. Lynne Newington May 30, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    Could be the Reverend Nile’s Democratic Christian Party and connection to the ACL, [I’m not sure about the National Council of Churches by I’m sure there would be some affinity], has something to do with it, with Inquires into abuse by all religious organisations and the Royal Commission, a true politician, he’s looking after the interest’s of his religious confreres.

  4. Jennifer Herrick May 31, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    That could be it Lynne although my knowledge of NCC is that they would not be supporting its passing.