Jenny Macklin and the creation of the NDIS

Jenny Macklin held many social policy portfolios over her long political career. As Minister for Disability Reform in the Gillard government she ushered in the NDIS. Jenny talks about the process of winning support for big social policy changes.

Australia ‘failing’ those with disabilities, advocacy groups warn

Women with Disabilities Australia executive director Carolyn Frohmader said Australia’s most vulnerable continue to face unacceptable barriers. “There’s widespread hardship, discrimination, violence and poverty, they face these every day,” she said.

New ‘radical history’ of disabled people’s movement ‘has lessons for today’

The launch of No Limits: The Disabled People’s Movement, A Radical History, took place last Friday (12 July), and was attended by its author, Judy Hunt, on the 40th anniversary of the death of her husband, Paul. It was Paul Hunt’s letter to the Guardian in 1972 which led to the formation of the Union of the Physically Impaired Against Segregation (UPIAS), which itself was to play a crucial role in the development of the movement and what was later known as the social model of disability.

‘It is time for the NDIS to catch up’: Disability advocates call to fund access to sex work

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal this week ruled in favour of a woman with multiple sclerosis who applied for sex therapy funding in her NDIS plan, but was refused by the National Disability Insurance Agency.

The Morrison government has already indicated the NDIA will appeal the ruling, which said the woman should receive $10,000 a year to fund her treatment.

Disability advocates fight for inclusion at the UN

UN Secretary-General António Guterres told this week’s conference on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that inclusion was not only a fundamental human right, but central to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Fears media raids could silence advocacy

Civil society groups have raised concerns over the threat the Australian Federal Police raids on journalists and news outlets pose to the ability of charity and advocacy groups to speak up for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in Australia.

UN: Focus on Civilians With Disabilities in Wartime

The inclusion of the need to protect civilians with disabilities in wartime in the United Nations secretary-general’s new report should help spur action by UN agencies and member states, Human Rights Watch said today.

Australia set to face UN scrutiny over disability rights

Closing date: May 30, 2019

People with disability are being encouraged to have their say on what it’s like living in Australia, as the country prepares for a United Nations review of its performance on disability rights.
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