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Thursday, 2 December 2004
Page: 7

Senator GREIG (9:52 AM) —I, and also on behalf of Senator McLucas, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that Friday, 3 December 2004, is International Day of People with a DisAbility;

(b) further notes:

(i) the valuable and willing contribution made by people with disabilities to the development, strength and diversity of the Australian community,

(ii) that people with disabilities continue to experience barriers to employment, education, premises, technology, transport, accommodation, support and services that diminish their access to full participation in the community, and

(iii) that many people with disabilities and their carers live in poverty with increasing concern about the adequacy of future income and social support; and

(c) calls on the Government to address barriers to participation by leading an active response to unmet need, reviewing funding arrangements through the Commonwealth-State/Territory Disability Agreement, providing increased access to education, employment and training options, reinstating a permanent Disability Discrimination Commissioner, and expediting the completion of standards under the DisabilityDiscriminationAct1992.

Question agreed to.