Australia Needs A Full-Time Disability Discrimination Commissioner

Labor congratulates the Hon Susan Ryan AO on her reappointment as Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner.

THE HON. MARK DREYFUS QC, MP

SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERAL

MEMBER FOR ISAACS

 

THE HON JENNY MACKLIN MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FAMILIES & PAYMENTS

SHADOW MINISTER FOR DISABILITY REFORM

MEMBER FOR JAGAJAGA

 

AUSTRALIA NEEDS A FULL-TIME DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION COMMISSIONER

 

Labor congratulates the Hon Susan Ryan AO on her reappointment as Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner.

 

Ms Ryan is an effective advocate and we have no doubt she will continue to work hard on behalf of people with disability while also performing her role as Age Discrimination Commissioner.

 

However, Labor believes Australia needs a full-time Disability Discrimination Commissioner.

 

When the Liberals callously and gracelessly sacked the former Commissioner Graeme Innes, they silenced a powerful and passionate advocate for Australians with disability, their families and carers.   

 

Mr Innes spent a decade at the Human Rights Commission defending the rights of people with disability and was an influential force behind the creation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

 

It says everything about the priorities of the Turnbull Government that they have appointed a Commissioner for wind farms, but not a full-time Disability Discrimination Commissioner.

 

If the Turnbull Government was truly committed to giving Australians with disability, their families and carers a proper voice, they would re-instate this dedicated position.

 

The rights of Australians with disability are not a part-time concern. Australia needs a full-time Disability Discrimination Commissioner again.

 

 

FRIDAY, 13 NOVEMBER 2015