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Qld scraps time limit on child abuse suits

AAP logoAAP 8/11/2016

Queensland has given victims of childhood sexual abuse an unlimited amount of time to sue their tormentors.

State parliament unanimously voted to lift the three-year time limit that had previously applied, following a recommendation of the child sexual abuse royal commission.

The state government's bill originally applied only to victims of institutional abuse but was amended on Tuesday night to include all child sex abuse victims, following pressure from the Liberal National Party opposition.

The opposition also successfully put forward an amendment allowing child abuse survivors who may have been pressured into accepting a settlement to take their matter back to court.

"Survivors who, with little or no bargaining power, signed settlement agreements in respect of time-barred claims will be able to apply to a court to review, and if appropriate reopen these agreements - that's an Australian first," Shadow Attorney-General Ian Walker said in a statement.

"These survivors can have their proper day in court and a second chance at justice."

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