Government under pressure over child sex abuse compensation

THE new Turnbull Government is facing increased pressure to state whether it is in favour of a compensation scheme for victims of child sexual abuse.

State and territory Attorneys-General have written to their federal counterpart George Brandis, asking him to give "the earliest possible indication from the Commonwealth as to whether it intends to establish and fund a national redress scheme".

The Northern Territory is the only jurisdiction not to have signed the letter, due to the timing of its cabinet processes.

The royal commission into institutional child sexual abuse released a report last month outlining 99 recommendations to deal with the ongoing care of victims.

At its heart was a $4 billion national redress scheme, which would offer compensation, counselling and psychological care and a response from the institution if requested.

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