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.
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.
A new report has highlighted the discrimination and hardship people with disability face, with over 60 percent of survey respondents unable to afford to get access to the disability support they require.
More than half of Australians living with a disability do not have the support services they need, and many say they have experienced violence or abuse because of their condition, a new survey has found.
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.
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.
For the first time, a person with a disability has won the right to have a sex therapist paid for under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), but advocates say the ruling does not go far enough.
Vulnerable people have had their possessions sent to the tip, lost thousands of dollars in welfare entitlements and unwittingly paid other people’s fines because of “systemic” failures within State Trustees, the Victorian ombudsman has found.
Canberra man with disability trapped and abused in wheelchair cab by driver files human rights complaint
Mr Higgins, who has quadriplegia, said the driver blamed him for reporting a broken lift, which had caused the cab to be taken off the road for repairs and lost income.
Mr Higgins, through his lawyer Sam Tierney, filed a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission against the driver and the ACT Government.
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.
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.
A New Zealand woman who fled her abusive Australian partner has been left facing a bureaucratic nightmare as she fights for her daughter to access the NDIS.
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.
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.
Survey Closed 31 May
People with disabilities still face widespread misconceptions and stereotypes that feed into attitudes and behaviour in the wider community. As a result, discrimination is part of daily life for many people with disability. Unfortunately, difference in all of its forms is often feared.