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Media Release 29 June 2017

SENATOR CAROL BROWN
SHADOW MINISTER FOR DISABILITY AND CARERS
SENATOR FOR TASMANIA

 

POWERFUL UN COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS ROYAL COMMISSION INTO VIOLENCE AGAINST PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY

 

A powerful United Nations (UN) committee has recommended that the Australian Government establish a Royal Commission into violence and abuse against people with disability.

 

The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights today released its observations and recommendations on the fifth periodic report on Australia. This includes: 

 

Recommendation 36.        The Committee recommends that the State party fully implement the recommendations put forward in the inquiry report by the Senate Community Affairs References Committee into violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability in institutional and residential settings (2015), including the creation of a Royal Commission to inquire into violence and abuse against people with disabilities.

 

The Turnbull Government has so far rejected calls to establish a Royal Commission.

 

The UN Committee also recommended that the Australian Government implement the recommendations of the 2015 Senate Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry into violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability in institutional and residential settings.

The Senate inquiry made 30 recommendations including the establishment of a Royal Commission.

It took the Turnbull Government 16 months to respond to the Inquiry and it rejected a Royal Commission and accepted only one of the inquiry's 30 recommendations.

A Shorten Labor Government will establish a Royal Commission so that people with disability, their families and carers can tell their stories to the highest judicial inquiry.

The Turnbull Government has failed to listen to the calls from the community for a Royal Commission.

It’s time for the Turnbull Government to listen to the United Nations, listen to people with disability and their families and finally establish a Royal Commission into violence and abuse against people with disability.

THURSDAY, 29 JUNE 2017

 

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Media Release 12 May 2017

2017 Budget Response

The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) welcomes the news from the 2017 budget that the Medicare levy will be lifted by 0.5% from July 2019, taking it to 2.5%. The increase will raise $8.2 billion over the budget period and will sustain the NDIS. NEDA CEO Dwayne Cranfield stated that “this is a move by the Government in the right direction. The scheme now has a plan in place that will secure its longevity and make it sustainable, allowing those 469,000 people living with disability who are eligible for the scheme, the security needed to live good lives.”

Mr Cranfield continued “we need to remember that the (NDIS) cohort is a small percentage of the disability community; most people living with disability will not receive any additional support via the NDIS. Many people with disability live below the poverty line, it’s unacceptable that in 2017 in Australia this occurs. The DSP (Disability Support Pension) needs to be reviewed.”

According to reports, more than 2000 new migrants will be barred from the age pension or disability payments from 2018 under tighter eligibility requirements announced by the government as part of the 2017 Budget. Pensioners and those claiming the Disability Support Pension (DSP) will be required to have lived in Australia for up to 15 years continuously in order to be eligible for payment. These stricter residency rules will come into force from July 2018. It is estimated that the saving will be $119 million over the next five years.

NEDA President Suresh Rajan raised concerns again that as a nation we are hitting our most vulnerable people, newly arrived people that have chosen Australia as a place to live. He stated, “increasing the waiting period from 10 years to 15 is a punitive action designed to pander to the hard right both within Government and the community.”

The NEDA President continued “these savings are small potatoes in the grand scheme of things. This is a punitive measure designed to look tough on immigration and is sadly in line with the Governments continued deportation of people living with a disability, something that NEDA has and will continue to campaign against”.

For further information, please contact NEDA CEO Mr Dwayne Cranfield on 02 62626867 or NEDA President Mr Suresh Rajan on 0415 369 755.

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Media Release 21 Feb 2017

The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) would once again express its disappointment with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and the Minister, in their refusal to grant permanent resident status to the Ingram family.

The Ingram family have been denied residency due to the possible future health needs of Jacqueline Ingram, wife and mother. Jacqueline and her family moved to Australia in 2011 from South Africa seeking a better life for her family. She and Clive, her husband, have two children. The family have been denied residency as Jacqueline has kidney disease. By all accounts her condition is under control; she leads a healthy life with little compromise.

Both Jacqueline and Clive are educated professionals: Clive has a law degree from South Africa and Jacqueline a Masters (MBA) from the USA. Both are working within the disability sector in Canberra, and both have undertaken studies in Australia in order to work.

The Ingrams believe that their application is now before the minister, which is of little comfort given that DIBP informed them they are to exit Australia by 7 pm Wednesday night. After many years in Australia, the family are relocating back to South Africa, being forced to leave behind their current life, friends and jobs within the disability sector.

Again, this Government is discriminating against people who live with disability. Australia is losing good, hardworking and educated people who have chosen Australia as their home. “This is a travesty,” said NEDA President Suresh Rajan, “again I would urge concerned people to contact the Minister and let the Government know that this is inappropriate, that change is needed, and to overturn both this injustice and the legislation that enables it to happen.”

The family has an online change.org petition. “I would encourage everybody to sign on, we must change this unfair system” stated Dwayne Cranfield NEDA CEO.

Please follow the link below.

https://www.change.org/p/minister-for-immigration-a

https://www.change.org/p/minister-for-immigration-and-border-protection-the-hon-peter-dutton-mp-please-grant-our-regional-employer-nomination-permanent-visa?recruiter=355716496&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/watson-family-split-as-right-to-live-in-australia-is-revoked-20160415-go7nyb.html

For further information, please contact NEDA CEO Mr Dwayne Cranfield on 02 62626867 or NEDA President Mr Suresh Rajan on 0413436001.