Tonight there was an 8 minute segment allocated to reporting on JWs regarding child abuse and the redress scheme. It was presented by Lisa Wilkinson for The Project.
The Australian Branch has issued a statement to the Show advising that they will not be joining the scheme.
Statement From The Jehovah’s Witnesses
The religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses does not have the institutional settings that the voluntary National Redress Scheme is designed to cover.
Therefore, the Ministry for Families and Social Services has been advised that Jehovah’s Witnesses will not join the Scheme.
Jehovah’s Witnesses have responded and will continue to respond directly to individual claims for redress in a caring, fair, and principled manner, taking into consideration the unique circumstances of each claim.
I do not know whether those outside of Australia can access the program but if you can then the segment begins at 31.33
Lisa Wilkinson who speaks as she sees things concluded with
"Maybe remember that next time one of them knocks on your door. The cruelty of it all is breathtaking."
No doubt, the 'JW's do not have the institutional setting that the voluntary National Redress Scheme is designed to cover'.
That's because the Australasian Branch can only accept instructions and direction for the Headquarters in New York, regardless of what they may think is morally right or not.