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Labor welcomes National Disability and Carers Advisory Council



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

LABOR WELCOMES NATIONAL DISABILITY AND CARERS ADVISORY COUNCIL

Three years after abolishing Labor’s National People with Disabilities and Carer Council, the Turnbull Government has announced the establishment of a 17 member National Disability and Carers Advisory Council.

The Turnbull Government has been without an advisory body on carers for three years. It was simply unacceptable.

People with disability and their carers have had to wait too long for the Turnbull Government to re-establish an advisory council.

Labor welcomes today’s announcement and hopes the new Council is able to get the Government to progress work under the National Disability Strategy which provides a 10-year blueprint to improve the inclusion and participation of people with disability in Australia.

Under the Liberal Government the Strategy has been largely ignored. The Strategy was to be rolled out through three separate implementation plans, with the yet to be released second implementation plan due to run from 2015-18.

People with disability deserve the same opportunities as other Australians to participate in the community and have their rights protected.

Improving the design of both mainstream and disability-specific services is critical to transforming the experiences and lives of people with disability and creating more inclusive communities.

I wish the new co-chair Keran Howe and the Advisory Council well. The Advisory Council will play a vital role in advising the Government on policy for people with disability and their carers.

TUESDAY, 8 NOVEMBER 2016

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