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

Mathews, Benjamin P. (2004) Queensland Government Actions to Compensate Survivors of Institutional Abuse: a critical and comparative evaluation. QUT Law and Justice Journal, 4(1), pp. 23-45.


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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ID Code: 6422
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 1445-6249
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 QUT Faculty of Law
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 12 Mar 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:07

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