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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY

Senator Siewert, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved government business notice of motion no. 318—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) Wednesday, 3 December 2008 is International Day of People with Disability,

  (ii) the theme for 2008 is the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,

  (iii) Australia became a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in July 2008,

  (iv) the Government is currently developing a national disability strategy, and

  (v) the recent Council of Australian Governments' funding round provided a welcome increase in the rate of indexation and the overall level of funding to the states and territories for the provision of disability services and support; and

 (b) calls on the Government to ensure that the national disability strategy:

  (i) contains a strong emphasis on human rights, and

  (ii) provides a suitable platform through which to address the current lack of consistency between the states and territories in the provision of services, supported accommodation and aids to people with disability.

Question put and negatived.

Statement by leave: Senator Bernardi, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.