CLERGY sexual abuse survivors want Ballarat’s federal election candidates to back an interim campaign for better financial support.
Survivors Andrew Collins and Peter Blenkiron yesterday called for victims to temporarily access the current Department of Veterans Affairs disability scheme, or an equivalent, until the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse recommendations are released.
“As every month goes on, more lives will be lost to suicide and more families will break up,” Mr Collins said.
“The only reason we are proposing to temporarily access the DVA scheme is that it is already in place and the cost would be less than setting up a new scheme.
“This in no way minimises the contribution of those who have fought and suffered in our defence forces.”
Mr Collins and Mr Blenkiron have written to the major parties’ federal election candidates for Ballarat, along with Senator John Madigan, on behalf of victims, their families and support groups, asking if they would support the proposal and help put it in place immediately.
They also asked if the candidates’ respective parties would implement the plan, and straight away, if elected. If not elected, they have asked if the candidate’s party would still support its implementation.
The candidates have until Friday to respond.