The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) calls upon the Attorney General Senator George Brandis to reinstate the position of a dedicated Disability Human Rights Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission in light of the recent resignation of Mr Tim Wilson. NEDA also endorses and supports the calls by the President of People with Disability Australia, Craig Wallace for the position to be reinstated.
NEDA President Suresh Rajan said “it is imperative that this occur as soon as possible; people who live with disability are some of the most marginalised and least resourced people in Australia, and many of them live below the poverty line”.
Dwayne Cranfield NEDA CEO stated “the NDIS is not a panacea for all people who live with disability. It only will support around 470 thousand people, many more will not be resourced via the NDIS, leaving families struggling with limited resources and a limited voice.”
“We need a dedicated commissioner” added Mr Rajan, “the disability community needs an advocate at this level to champion and tackle issues such as systemic barriers in education, employment, transport and the Justice system”.
The NEDA President further stated that the people NEDA represents make up approximately 20% of the disability community and these people are faced with significant barriers in navigating services and living in general. “Life can be very difficult with disability but is even more so if you are not literate in your primary language let alone English” said Mr Rajan.
“The needs of the disability community are immense, we need a full time commissioner” stated Mr Cranfield. “We need a dedicated person in our corner, to allow us to ensure that our rights are protected and championed”.
For further information please contact NEDA CEO Mr Dwayne Cranfield on: 02 62626867 or NEDA President Mr Suresh Rajan on: 0413436001.