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Submission date extended for Senate inquiry into accessibility for people with disability



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SENATOR CAROL BROWN SHADOW MINISTER FOR DISABILITY AND CARERS LABOR SENATOR FOR TASMANIA

SUBMISSION DATE EXTENDED FOR SENATE INQUIRY INTO ACCESSIBILITY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY

The date for submissions to a Senate inquiry into accessibility for people with disability has been extended.

The inquiry, by the Senate Community Affairs References Committee, was established in November 2016 to examine progress on the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 to build inclusive and accessible communities.

The date for submissions has been extended to 28 April 2017.

I urge all organisations that are included in the areas of the terms of reference, including commercial, government and community sector service providers and innovators, as well as disability organisations and interested individuals to make a submission to the inquiry.

Labor led the development and implementation of the Strategy to provide a 10-year blueprint to improve the inclusion and participation of people with disability in Australia.

It is vital that we build more inclusive and accessible communities for people with a disability.

We need to consider how people with disability are able to access public buildings, housing, parks and transport and the barriers put in their way.

This inquiry will examine the impact that restricted access for people with a disability has on their ability to be included and participate in economic, cultural, social, civil and political life.

The committee is due to report by 13th September 2017.

SUNDAY, 5 MARCH 2017

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