A STANDALONE ROYAL COMMISSION IS STILL NEEDED

28 Sep 2018


Reports this morning of another shocking incident in disability care underline the need for a Royal Commission into violence and abuse against people with disability.

SENATOR THE HON DOUG CAMERON
ACTING SHADOW MINISTER FOR FAMILIES AND SOCIAL SERVICES
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SKILLS, TAFE AND APPRENTICESHIPS
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES
 
SENATOR CAROL BROWN
SHADOW MINISTER FOR DISABILITY AND CARERS
SENATOR FOR TASMANIA
 
A STANDALONE ROYAL COMMISSION IS STILL NEEDED
 

Reports this morning of another shocking incident in disability care underline the need for a Royal Commission into violence and abuse against people with disability.
 
Advocates and disability representative organisations have been calling for a Royal Commission for years now, and in a joint statement last week, made clear that there needs to be a standalone and dedicated Royal Commission into the issue of the abuse of people with disability.
 
The Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government has ignored these calls from people with disability and their families for years.
 
It has failed to take action to deliver justice for people with disability who have experienced violence and abuse.
 
It has failed to take action to achieve systemic change.
 
A Shorten Labor Government will establish such a Royal Commission as a matter of urgency.
 
The Government should accept the calls from advocates, disability representative organisations and Labor, and establish a standalone Royal Commission into violence and abuse against people with disability.  
 
Just last week, Bill Shorten renewed these calls in a letter to Scott Morrison. Again, the Morrison Government ignored these calls.
 
Only a standalone Royal Commission will bring the weight, authority and investigative powers necessary to examine past and ongoing accounts of violence, neglect and abuse.
 
People with disability deserve nothing less.
 
FRIDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER 2018
Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.