PM to expand terror payouts

09 Oct, 2013 12:13 AM
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Australian victims of terrorist attacks overseas as far back as a dozen years will have access to financial compensation worth up to $75,000 under an expanded scheme to be announced by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

An existing compensation scheme initiated by the previous Labor government and which was operative only from the date of its introduction in 2012 will now be backdated to include the atrocities affecting Australians abroad since September 11, 2001.

Mr Abbott was expected to announce the new arrangements while visiting the Bali Memorial on the Indonesian resort island on Wednesday.

The $30 million scheme will cover victims, and their families, of the September 11 attacks in the US, Bali bombings in 2002 and 2005, London 2005, Egypt 2005, Mumbai 2008, Jakarta 2009, and Nairobi 2013.

The government expects some 300 individuals and families to be eligible.

Mr Abbott will argue the backdating resolves a long-standing injustice.

‘‘This fixes up an extreme injustice for victims and their families of recent overseas terrorism,’’ his speech notes say.

Mr Abbott leaves Bali on Wednesday after visiting the memorial to mark the tragedies, the first of which took 202 lives, of which 88 were Australian.

The second attack, in 2005, resulted in four Australian deaths and 19 injuries.

Mr Abbott will announce the backdating after finding that legislation was not required after all and the expansion could be achieved through the stroke of a prime ministerial pen.

SMH

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