‘Forgotten’ Refugees With Disability Waiting Months for Basic Services

A woman arrives in Australia. She is a refugee. She has a disability. She discovers there is no suitable home for her to stay. Instead, she and her family are placed in short-term accommodation without facilities to support her basic needs. They are forced to take desperate measures.

Petition for Royal Commission into Disability Abuse

Closing date: March 20, 2019

Sam is a person with disabilities, and she’s demanding a royal commission take place.
Calls are growing for a royal commission into the abuse of people with disability. After endless political game playing and delays, a non-binding motion has passed Parliament: but it’s no guarantee of a royal commission.

Disability royal commission draws closer

Senator Steele-John wants the inquiry to examine the systemic abuse and mistreatment of people in workplaces, residences and educational settings.

Shorten calls for royal commission into disability abuse

Families of victims of disability abuse have joined Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to demand a royal commission into the abuse of people living with disabilities. The move came on Saturday after a motion calling on the Federal Government to establish a royal commission into abuse in the disability sector was not voted on this week.

Disability and dignity podcast

Philosophers have been slow to address disability – which is odd, because disability raises a host of fascinating and challenging issues around justice, rights and fairness.

Free and Equal in Dignity and Rights: A national conversation on human rights

This national conversation will ask the community: What makes an effective system of human rights protection for 21st century Australia? Perspectives will be gathered on human rights protection in the community and how public servants, and contracted service providers might embed the protection of human rights as core business in exercising their functions. Sign up for updates on the project.

Podcast: Dying for Change

Improving the health and lives of Australians with intellectual disability was the topic for discussion at the Dying for Change public seminar and roundtable hosted by the Melbourne Disability Institute on Monday 12 November.

International disability rights and the dilemma of domestic courts

Law plays an important role in tackling this inequality and exclusion. For the past decade, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Disability Convention) – an instrument of international law – has been both a catalyst and guide for legislative reform enhancing the equality and inclusion of disabled people. To what extent, though, is this Disability Convention influencing domestic case law?