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WA's AG favours national redress scheme

AAP logoAAP 16/10/2016 Rebecca Le May

Western Australia's attorney-general says he favours a national redress scheme for child sexual abuse survivors, instead of the bill that's currently before state parliament.

Debate on a private member's bill to remove the six-year limit on civil action by abuse survivors was adjourned on Thursday after Premier Colin Barnett resisted calls to speak in support of it.

That prompted independent MP Rob Johnson to call the Liberal leader a "disgraceful turd", for which he was thrown out of the chamber.

Michael Mischin told AAP he and the government supported the aims of Liberal MP Graham Jacobs, who drafted the bill, but he had some concerns with the original version of the document and some possible unintended consequences.

Mr Mischin is instead leaning towards a Commonwealth-led scheme first flagged in January that is still under consideration.

"Such a scheme has attractions, in that it will be easier to administer, be more equitable by allowing a level of redress to those who have no-one to sue or cannot prove a case to a high enough standard, and save the necessity for expensive legal action," Mr Mischin said in an emailed statement.

Dr Jacobs told 6PR radio on Friday Mr Mischin was concerned about "a potential flood of retrospective claims" but he could "put a reasonable cap on some of those".

Dr Jacobs also said he would be very disappointed if the government ran the clock down in the remaining three weeks of parliament, leaving the bill to "go into the ether".

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