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Government turns its back on people with disability and refuses to hold a Royal Commission into disability abuse, violence and neglect



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Australian Greens spokesperson on disabilities - Senator Rachel Siewert

3 March 2017

Government turns its back on people with disability and refuses to hold a Royal Commission into disability abuse, violence and neglect

The Government has officially announced it will not hold a Royal Commission into abuse, violence and neglect of people with disability in institutional settings, despite it being recommended in a senate committee report tabled nearly a year and half ago.

“A range of recommendations compiled with extensive consultation to address systemic abuse, violence and neglect of people with disability across the country has been effectively dismissed by the Government, or as they like to put it, ‘noted’.

“This was outlined in an official response to the inquiry that has taken nearly a year and a half for the Government to write.

“There was overwhelming support for a royal commission and other recommendations so I know a lot of people are going to be very disappointed.

"Other recommendations including a national system for reporting, investigation and eliminating violence, a national disability worker registration process and a consistent approach on training were 'noted' with Government claiming the Quality and Safeguarding Framework will do the job - it won't".

“I welcome the Government agreeing to publish data relating to the National Disability Abuse Hotline on its website every six months, but frankly the Government is not going near enough.

“My thoughts are with the witnesses and families who were hoping for a better response from the Government”.

*Copy of Government response available upon request*

Nadine Walker Media Adviser Office of Rachel Siewert | Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia 1/151 Brisbane St, Northbridge WA 6003 |P: 08 9228 3277 |F: 08 9228 4055 SG-113 Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600|P: 02 6277 3587 |F: 02 6277 5762 nadine.walker@aph.gov.au |M: 0418 401 180