Abuse survivor starts again with 'cruel' redress process
A NORTHERN Rivers man who withdrew his National Redress Scheme claim due to a quagmire of red tape has begun the process again.
Casino man Robbie Gambley withdrew his original claim a few months ago, describing the process as "cruel" and complex.
At a young age, Mr Gambley was subjected to abuse by his science teacher.
He said his case was made more complex by the history of a Victims' Services payment - which has since been paid back - and a sum related to a subsequent civil case he brought against his attacker.
He felt he was being penalised for the "benefit" he'd drawn from those payments.
"They will take a deduction out of my total payment and they will claim that I benefited from that," he said.
"It's just outrageous.
"The National Redress Scheme was supposed to right the wrongs but they're penny-pinching and doing little cruel things.
"That's the thing that's upsetting me."
Mr Gambley said he was being assisted in his new claim by the organisation Knowmore.
He's been told he could be facing a three to 12 month wait.
But he said he was "really upset" that some, like terminally ill Goonellabah man Vernon Wilson, had faced a long wait to have their claims processed.
"That should be done as expeditiously as possible," Mr Gambley said.
"It's just very cruel and very sad that people are forced to suffer like that.
"There's no compassion.
"People have suffered enough, why make them suffer more?
"I don't care if I have to wait an extra two to three months for my claim, if people like that (have their claims processed) straight away."