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Media Releases

NEDA Medal 2017

The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) as a part of its continued celebration of the 2017 International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is proud to announce the recipients of this year’s NEDA Medal. Since 2015 NEDA has presented the “NEDA Medal” to individuals who champion the rights and lives of CaLD people living with disability.

This is a prestigious award, given to those people who are actively working to break down barriers and stereotypes that people with disability face every day with special regard given to the nexus of disability, language, culture and ethnicity. NEDA wishes to shine a light on these people, pay tribute to them and their support of the work of NEDA, and for propagating the human rights of CaLD people living with disability.

This year NEDA celebrates the work of three people:

  • Juan de la Torre Juan has been a long-time member of the NEDA Council representing his member organisation in Canberra CMCF. Juan has held several positions within the NEDA Council notably that of President and was instrumental in the re-establishing of NEDA in Canberra. This move to the nation’s capital reinvigorated NEDA, brought it closer to the seat of power thus offering staff greater access to Parliamentarians. It was this change and Juan’s work in early 2011 that helped change the course for NEDA, moving us into a new paradigm of progressive systemic advocacy.


  • Christine Williams Christine, another long-term member of NEDA, was also instrumental in the directional change of NEDA in early 2012. Christine has held several executive positions within NEDA notably that of Vice-President and also Treasurer. Christine has represented her member organisation (Disability & Diversity D&D) advocating for the human rights of the CaLD disability community in Victoria. Christine has championed the women’s rights movement and its linkage with disability and CaLD issues.


  • Pino Migliorino Pino has been a longtime supporter and collaborator of NEDA often working together with the NEDA team on key bodies of work both within his professional work and during his time as President of the Federation of Ethnic Community Councils of Australia (FECCA). Pino is being recognised not just for his continued support of NEDA but also for the fact that it was his collaboration with NEDA that was instrumental in the formation of the National Disability Insurance Agency CaLD Disability Reference Group. This advisory group brings together key civil society stakeholders across Australia to advise the NDIA on issues and concerns relevant to the CaLD disability community.


The NEDA staff and Council would like to take this opportunity to congratulate this year’s winners of the NEDA Medal.

For further information please contact Dwayne Cranfield CEO on: 0407878933 or Margherita Coppolino NEDA President on: 0412854639


Media Release 29 June 2017





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.






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.