Several women's organizations and human rights lawyers filed complaints to the United Nations (UN) following the proposed changes to NSW victims compensation scheme introduced to the parliament earlier this month, reported Big Pond News.
Under the Victims Rights and Support Bill, an application must be made within 10 years of the act or, if the victim was a child when it occurred, within 10 years after they turn 18. The changes will also affect the compensation payouts to victims from $50,000 to $15,000 only. Analysts say "the time limit is arbitrary and brutal and inconsistent."
Not only will the changes to the compensation scheme affect future victims, it would greatly affect victims who are already in the system. Lawyers say the changes also violates a number of human rights treaties that generally affects everyone and not just women while making the life of victims who have been violated even more miserable.
'We call on the Special Rapporteur to tell the NSW parliament about these human rights violations,' CLCNSW chairperson Anna Cody said.
'This bill should not pass in its current form.'
"For those victims caught by the new time limits, it sends the message that their traumatic experiences aren't worth compensating," Rachael Martin, convenor of the Community Legal Centres victims compensation committee, said.
While any compensation schemes could send an impression that victims simply wanted to be paid for the troubles done to them in the past, they say it's not really about the money; it's about what the money represents.