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NEWSLETTER April 2015
Hi everyone! Welcome to Now-Remembered Australians first 2015 Newsletter. Sorry it has been a while since the last newsletter. We now have a new editor so thanks Peter and welcome to the position.
For those who don't already know, the group purchased a twelve-seater bus at the beginning of the year. We are now able to offer more outings and activities. Thanks to Wattle Place we also have some petrol vouchers so let us know where you'd like to go on an excursion and we'll see if it can be arranged.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who give to Now-Remembered Australians by attending meetings and supporting other members, by donating funds or helping out in any way. Some have been loyal members from the beginning and some are members who joined recently, but to all who have contributed to this group in any way: Thank you.
We have been doing more excursions lately, some of which are described below. Keep in touch to find out about upcoming events.
Woody Head Excursion
On Sunday 1st of February we had the first excursion of the year. Some members were picked up in our twelve-seater Toyota Hiace Commuter bus and we went for a trip first to Black Rock and then on to Woody Head.
The weather was perfect for this trip. Once we arrived at Woody Head we had a picnic that Barbara had prepared. After eating, some went snorkeling while others walked or swam or just sat talking or lay down enjoying the fresh air and sunshine.
Once back in Lismore, we went to see the movie “Wild” before everyone went home.
Taking in the beach at Black Rock
Kevin Hogan Visit
The Federal member for Lismore Kevin Hogan was invited to attend a meeting of NRA at the Lismore Worker’s club on Friday March 13.
The group asked for his support and a number of issues were discussed including:
Having a Now-Remembered Australians collection tin at his office
Writing a letter of support for the group
The need for a national redress scheme
Asking him to support the Royal Commission's recommendations about redress and civil litigation
The failure of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to address the needs of care leavers who suffered psychological and physical distress and were denied basic needs but were not “sexually abused”.
Help with locating premises for an office/ meeting room/ art space/ training centre for NRA,
A mention of NRA in his weekly column in the Echo
His offer to help people who are having issues with Centrelink and other federal government departments
Lake Ainsworth Excursion
On Saturday 8th of March we had an excursion to Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head. The day started out looking pretty wet but by the time we got there it was fine. We took the scenic route via Evans Head so we could pick up members from down that way. Luckily there was a man selling delicious mangoes at a very good price opposite one member's place and we stocked up!
We took the kayak out on Lake Ainsworth, with lots of people trying it out. A certain someone seemed to think you had to lie down in it.... or perhaps she was just feeling particularly “laid back” that day!
We made a sandcastle on the beach before heading back.
Group members, complete with kayak at Lake Ainsworth
The group now has it's own camera and official photographer for all of our events. Wattle Place agreed to reimburse us for the cost of the camera. Thanks Wattle Place! It is an Olympus Tough camera that is shock proof, waterproof and dust and freeze proof so hopefully it will last us a while! Tina has agreed to be the official photographer for these events. She will ask permission for taking photos and ask if you are happy for them to be used by the group or published in our newsletters or for promotional purposes. If you don't want your photo taken or used, just feel free to say so.
ROYAL COMMISSION: $4.38 BILLION IS COST OF REDRESS TO VICTIMS OF CHILD SEX ABUSE
Based on modelling assuming that 65,000 eligible survivors would receive payments of $65,000 each, the total cost of redress would be $4.38 billion according to the report.
Unfortunately the Federal government has squibbed it on redress. They made a two page submission to the Royal Commission in which they argued a national redress scheme would be to costly and take up to much in time and resources. Without a federal government backed national redress scheme some victims may not be able to receive any cash payments. While the Victorian, Tasmanian and South Australian governments made submissions the governments of New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australian have not responded.
So it looks like the issue of just and fair redress is far from settled and we need to continue the pressure for a more humane response from government.
Child sex abuse royal commission: Victims condemn Federal Government opposition to national support scheme, referral of responsibility to institutions
By Jessica Kidd, ABC news.
Updated 26 Mar 2015, 8:08am
Photo: Justice Peter McClellan
A survivor of institutionalised child sexual abuse has condemned the Federal Government for opposing a national support scheme for victims in its submission to a royal commission.
Thirty-eight government and non-government organisations were invited to present spoken submissions to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, to outline their proposals for a redress scheme for survivors of abuse.
The commission released a consultation paper in January that outlined a number of options for redress, including a single national scheme led by the Commonwealth.
But in a written submission to the royal commission, the Federal Government made it clear it did not support that option because of the significant time and resources it would require.
"The Commonwealth does not see itself as having a role as funder of last resort," commission Chair Justice Peter McClellan said.
Justice McClellan went on to say the Federal Government's view was that the institutions responsible should foot the bill.
"The Commonwealth submits that the royal commission should make recommendations that institutions must accept the legal, financial and moral responsibility for failing to protect children," he said.
Nicky Davis from the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said the Commonwealth was shirking its responsibility to victims.
"What the Government was saying this morning to survivors was that they would prefer us to suffer in silence, to not reveal their shortcomings, to not make them face their financial responsibilities," she said.
"That's just not acceptable to survivors. I think that we'll see survivors banding together and insisting that this is what we need."
Pressing need for survivor assistance: commission chair
In his opening remarks to the commission, Justice McClellan said an appropriate redress scheme was needed if survivors were to receive justice.
"In our work so far, many institutions have acknowledged that their previous response to survivors has been inadequate," he said.
"Many survivors have a pressing need for assistance, including effective and just redress."
The Coalition of Aboriginal Services said there should be recognition of cultural abuse in any support scheme.
Coalition representative Meena Singh told the commission the institutionalisation of Aboriginal children alone was grounds for redress, regardless of whether they suffered sexual abuse.
"The very act of removal of children meant a breakdown in families, meant a breakdown in traditional languages, meant the inability to observe cultural practices. Ancient traditions were severed," she said.
The commission invited all Australian governments to make submissions to its latest inquiry.
All but two governments, Queensland and the ACT, accepted the invitation to make written submissions to the commission.
But just three governments, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia, have chosen to present spoken submissions to the commission.
The inquiry will run for the next three days.
North Coast Children’s Home
Royal Commission releases findings on the North Coast Children’s Home
27 October, 2014
A report published by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has found the Anglican Diocese of Grafton denied responsibility for sexual abuse that took place at a children’s home established by its local rector on church land.
Other findings include that the Diocese denied financial compensation for some victims abused at the home, failed to comply with its own policies and procedures, and dealt with victims insensitively.
The report of Case Study no.3, examining the Anglican Diocese of Grafton’s response to child sexual abuse at the North Coast Children’s Home, was tabled in the Commonwealth Parliament today.
The report explores how the Diocese responded when former residents revealed their experience of child sexual abuse after 2005 and considers how the Church’s structure, policies and financial arrangements affected the way it managed abuse claims. The report also examines how the Diocese dealt with the clergy who were accused.
The Royal Commission’s public hearing on the matter heard evidence of frequent sexual, psychological and physical abuse perpetrated against nine former child residents at the Home between 1940 and 1985 and the profound, long lasting impacts on their lives and mental health.
Witness Tommy Campion shared his story about being sexually abused as a child between 1949 and 1962. He was invited to the minister’s residence for crumpets and honey, only to be taken into a spare room and sexually abused.
Another witness revealed abuse at the hands of Reverend Kitchingman who was convicted for indecent assault in 1968 and 2002
If you have any stories, articles or anything you would like to see in the Newsletter you can send them to the editor, Peter Gould, via the email below.
Now-Remembered Australians Inc.
PO Box 894 Lismore 2480 Australia
Email: [email protected]
NOW-REMEMBERED AUSTRALIANS INC MEET EVERY SECOND FRIDAY (THE DAY AFTER PENSION PAYDAY) at the bistro of Lismore Workers Club in KEEN ST, LISMORE AT 1PM