WA Leads the Way

Premier: Barnett of Western Australia thinks the Royal Commission into child sex abuse may lead to a compensation bill of $2bn or more. The Federal Government hopes to release the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission sometime in December.

“Western Australia just completed a similar scheme called Redress, which involved people coming forward telling their stories and getting, if you like, a compensation payment”, Mr Barnett said in Canberra. “That cost $140 million in WA alone and it was a fairly limited scope”. Translate that across Australia and this Royal Commission will result in calls, probably justifiable calls for compensation. The cost of that is certainly going to be $2bn or more.”

There are calls for a national fund to be set up to compensate victims of organisational and institutional child sex abuse.

About Peter Kelso


I am a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. I have been admitted to practice since 1984. I am the principal and founder of Kelso Lawyers which has operated in Newcastle since 1986.

I have been an advocate for compensation for victims of abuse since the commencement of the Victims Compensation Tribunal in New South Wales in 1988. I conduct the largest victims practice in New South Wales. I have a high level of engagement with numerous NGOs such as woman’s refuges, sexual assault services, community organisations and healing centres.

On 31 October 2012 I was a finalist for the Justice Medal, presented by the Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales.


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