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Australian delegation to contribute to convention on rights of people with disabilities.

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Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone

Minister for Family & Community Services

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women

Joint Release

Senator Amanda Vanstone

Minister for Family and Community Services

The Hon Daryl Williams AM QC MP


Australian delegation to contribute to convention on rights of people with disabilities

24 June 2003

The Commonwealth Government will continue to demonstrate its strong commitment to the rights of people with disabilities by participating in a meeting of the United Nations Ad Hoc Committee in New York from today to 27 June 2003.

The Australian delegation will participate in the second meeting of the UN Ad Hoc Committee to elaborate on a convention on the rights and dignity of people with disabilities.

Australia's participation in this important meeting demonstrates the Government's commitment to ensuring participation of people with disabilities in all levels of society.

The Government is committed to listening to the views of stakeholders in this process, having already conducted preliminary consultations on the issues and included a representative of the disability sector in the delegation.

Australia can provide its expertise in deliberations to ensure that any new instrument is able to provide effective and appropriate protection for people with disabilities and is consistent with important treaty body reform objectives.

We are very pleased that a member of the disability community will be participating as a part of the delegation. This will ensure that the views of Australians with disabilities are included in deliberations.

The Australian delegation will comprise representatives from the Government, the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, and the disability community.

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