A child abuse survivor has called on the federal government to drop its exclusion of people who committed serious crimes from its redress scheme.
The "mind boggling" sexual abuse John suffered as a child drove him to a life of crime.
How then, John asks, can Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the federal government judge him as unworthy of its redress scheme for child abuse victims.
"I would have been alright in life if it hadn't been for the sexual abuse committed against me, and rejections by the system," the former ward of the state told a Senate inquiry on Tuesday.
"So how can you, Mr Turnbull, judge me as not being eligible for compensation on the grounds of criminality?
"I was a system-made problem."
The last time John (not his real name) committed a crime was 1986.
But his serious criminal history rules him out of receiving redress under the federal government's scheme.
After being made a ward of the state at 13, John was sent to the Victorian government-run Turana Boys' Home where he was molested by a staff member.
"After this happened my life spiralled out of control completely," John wrote in a letter to Mr Turnbull he read to the inquiry.
He learned how to survive from older boys at Turana, which led to a life of crime that, from age 16, included armed robbery and assaults.
John ended up in a Salvation Army institution at Bayswater.
"It seemed I was a magnet for pedophiles," he told Tuesday's public hearing.
"The abuse I suffered at Bayswater was mind boggling and sent me right over the top.
"...I was raped, bashed, tortured and traumatised so much that I wanted to die.
"I was ruined."
Lawyer Penny Savidis said John could not pursue civil action now because he signed away his common law rights when he settled a claim years ago, leaving the redress scheme as his only option.
Now close to retirement, John said the national redress scheme was the only way left to compensate him for the trauma.
"I just want you, Mr Turnbull, to judge those many victims of institutional abuse who ended up in prison as equals to all other victims, and in some cases more tragic."