The State Liberals will amend legislation to improve access to justice for institutional child sex abuse victims when Parliament returns.
Shadow Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman, said amending the Limitations of Actions Act 1936 would remove the restrictive statute of limitations for victims of institutional child sexual abuse.
“The Liberals want to ensure the time barrier restricting victims of sexual abuse in state care is removed and justice to these victims is not limited,” said Ms Chapman.
“Under the current legislation, these victims are essentially stripped of any power to make claims for damages beyond three years after their 18th birthday.”
The Commonwealth Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommended the removal of limitation periods, which both Victoria and New South Wales have already enacted, with Queensland introducing this legislation in coming weeks.
“South Australia has the chance to be a leader in opening the doors to justice for victims,” said Ms Chapman.
“Given recent findings into Families SA, it is entirely necessary to compensate for the damage done by a tarnished Weatherill Government institution.
“It is now up to the Weatherill Labor Government – with Premier Weatherill and AttorneyGeneral Rau claiming that they are ‘model litigants’ – to demonstrate their remorse over their agency’s failings, and support the State Liberals’ legislation.
“Changes to this legislation will ensure victims do not need to beg courts to look at the matter in years to come.”