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24    Family and Community Services— Violence, abuse and neglect of disabled people—Establishment of a Royal Commission

Senator Steele-John, also on behalf of Senators Brown and Griff, amended general business notice of motion no. 1364 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—

(1)       That the Senate—

(a)       notes that:

                                                        (i)       despite the hard-won progress of the disability rights movement, disabled Australians continue to be subjected to discrimination and are routinely denied the rights guaranteed them under international law,

                                                      (ii)       this discrimination creates and sustains the barriers to employment, education, transport, social and political participation experienced by disabled Australians and, most concerningly, manifests itself in horrific violence, abuse and neglect to which they are subjected, and

                                                     (iii)       from July to September 2018, over 184 incidents of abuse and neglect were reported to the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (the Commission) - the Commission has also released data that shows in the same three months it received 62 reports of expected and unexpected deaths, 91 reports of injuries, 34 complaints against individual staff or service providers and 75 cases of unauthorised restrictive practices; and

(b)       calls on the Government to request His Excellency the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia issue Letters Patent to establish a royal commission to inquire into violence, abuse and neglect of people with a disability.

(2)       That a message be sent to the House of Representatives seeking its concurrence in this resolution.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific (Senator Ruston), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 35

Senators—

Bilyk

Faruqi

McAllister

Singh

Brown

Gallacher

McCarthy

Smith, David

Burston

Griff

McKim

Steele-John

Carr

Hanson-Young

O’Neill

Storer

Chisholm

Hinch

Patrick

Urquhart*

Collins

Keneally

Polley

Waters

Di Natale

Ketter

Pratt

Watt

Dodson

Lines

Rice

Whish-Wilson

Farrell

Marshall

Siewert

 

 

 

NOES, 30

Senators—

Anning

Fifield

McGrath

Ruston

Birmingham

Georgiou

McKenzie

Ryan

Brockman

Gichuhi

Molan

Scullion

Cash

Hanson

O’Sullivan

Seselja

Colbeck

Hume

Paterson

Sinodinos

Duniam

Leyonhjelm

Payne

Smith, Dean*

Fawcett

Macdonald

Reynolds

Stoker

Fierravanti-Wells

Martin

 

* Tellers

Question agreed to.