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Media Release 29 June 2017

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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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