Outspoken former senator Jacqui Lambie has told the Catholic Church to “pay for your sins” and properly compensate victims of sexual abuse in an angry return to television.
Speaking on Monday night’s episode of Q&A, Ms Lambie told the church in a fiery tirade to “suck it up” and sell off property to provide compensation to victims of the institution.
Ms Lambie’s outburst came after an audience question into the inequality in the amount of compensation available to victims of family abuse and crime compared to those who suffered at the hands of an institution.
Victims of crime are currently able to be awarded up to $7500, compared to the $150,000 available to those abused by an institution.
Ms Lambie joined the debate on the $4 billion national redress scheme by comparing the maximum compensation available to abuse victims to the $50,000 cap for veterans.
“There is inequality going on here. Somebody needs to set the standard amount for any sort of abuse that’s going on,” Ms Lambie said.
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“As for the institutions, I can tell you what, it has taken them long enough to come up … first of all their apology was way too long and just sat there as if nothing was happening.
“And them they are still out there crying because they’ve got to sell some of their churches up or whatever, well you know what? Suck it up. It is your fault these people are living in the nightmares they are living.
“So if that means you’ve got to sell some of that property off, then you have to because you have to pay for your sins. Someone please tell the Catholic Church that.”
Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan weighed in on the national redress scheme’s inequality to other physical and sexual abuse victims, saying it followed the advice from the royal commission into child sex abuse and “had to do it within the parameters of the royal commission.
“The royal commission didn’t deal with abuse everywhere, it dealt specifically with child sexual abuse … and that’s what we did,” he said.
“What we’ve done is implement, as best we can, the recommendations on national redress as set out by the royal commission.”