Kelly O'Dwyer: don’t allow paedophiles to avoid paying victims compensation

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The ex-Bega Cheese CEO, Maurice Van Ryn, sexually assaulted my children over a number of years. This predator was sentenced to 18 years jail — but now he may successfully avoid paying compensation to his 9 victims.

My children need constant psychological care to heal the wounds caused by this man. And all his victims need to be able to access ongoing, specialist support.

But the former multi-millionaire CEO is using an absurd law that means he can avoid paying victims compensation from money sitting in his self-managed superannuation account. Under current Australian Superannuation Legislation, a person cannot be forced to draw down upon their superannuation. Even if a court orders Van Ryn to compensate his victims, he can legally refuse to use his superannuation to do so.

It means he’s able to protect his fortune while leaving his victims to suffer further without compensation.

Surely those who wrote the Superannuation Act and the politicians that voted on it never expected it be used as a mechanism for paedophiles to hide their money and avoid compensating their victims? These laws can be changed to deal with such injustices; in recent years laws were changed to give access to superannuation in divorce settlements.

We need your help. My children and other victims of this predator need on-going care and compensation — I’m asking Kelly O’Dwyer to change the law so the rights of child sexual offenders aren’t put ahead of their victims.

Please sign and share our petition today to help get justice for our families. Thank you.

Ken (pseudonym required due to court non-publication orders)
Father of Van Ryn Victims



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