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Abuse survivors tell UN Australia needs redress fund Abuse survivors tell UN Australia needs redress fund

Published on 10 November 2014: Survivors of institutional child abuse have told a United Nations committee Australia has its breached international legal obligations to protect children from torture.

UK struggles to find ‘independent’ chair to run child sex abuse inquiry UK struggles to find ‘independent’ chair to run child sex abuse inquiry

Published on 06 November 2014: A much-anticipated inquiry into historical child sexual abuse in England and Wales has stalled, following the resignation of another Chair of the independent panel.

Pampered pet in $143,500 TAC payout Pampered pet in $143,500 TAC payout

Published on 05 November 2014: Both the TAC and WorkCover are no-fault schemes which are designed to offer medical and compensation assistance for anyone who is injured, regardless of the circumstances. Even if your pampered pet is the perpetrator.

TAC roadblocks on mental illness compo hit regional Victoria harder TAC roadblocks on mental illness compo hit regional Victoria harder

Published on 31 October 2014: Media reports reveal tougher laws urged by the TAC and imposed by the Napthine-Baillieu government have impeded common law compensation for people suffering long term mental injury due to road trauma.

Labor to set nurse-patient ratios in law Labor to set nurse-patient ratios in law

Published on 30 October 2014: The Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews, today announced that a Victorian State Labor Government would guarantee nurse to patient and midwife to patient ratios in law.

WorkCover cuts red tape on approvals process WorkCover cuts red tape on approvals process

Published on 30 October 2014: Injured workers may not have to wait as long for some types of medical procedures due to changes to WorkCover approvals processes. Major changes apply to MRI scans, gym and pool rehabilitation, some elective surgery, a range of equipment, and home help.

Victorian election pledge to abolish time limitations in child abuse cases Victorian election pledge to abolish time limitations in child abuse cases

Published on 30 October 2014: The Liberal-National government has released draft legislation to amend the Limitation of Actions Act 1958, ahead of the state election, renewing its pledge to abolish statutory time limits for survivors of child abuse to bring civil claims in court.

Stress compo claims may be surging, but we’re not an “easy touch” Stress compo claims may be surging, but we’re not an “easy touch”

Published on 24 October 2014: Figures released by WorkCover to The Age and reported in other media yesterday reveal that the cost of stress related claims in Victoria is surging, up from $189.3m in 2008-9 to $273.3m last financial year.

Details emerge on new UK child sexual abuse inquiry Details emerge on new UK child sexual abuse inquiry

Published on 22 October 2014: The UK government is set to begin a new independent inquiry into child sexual abuse in England and Wales between 1970 and the present day.

Institutional abuse survivors call for aged care Institutional abuse survivors call for aged care

Published on 21 October 2014: Survivors of institutional abuse are calling for aged care services to be included in a new national redress scheme being considered by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

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