Marlon Noble will Only be Truly Free when his Name is Cleared

Marlon Noble’s release after 10 years behind bars without a trial has been welcomed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda and Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes. But both Commissioners have called for the criminal justice system and the mental health system to be more flexible in the way it deals … Continued

Human Rights Advocates Get their Moment to Shine

Ron Merkel QC from Victoria has won the 2011 Human Rights Medal. He was announced as the winner at the Commission’s annual Human Rights Awards in Sydney. Commission President Catherine Branson QC congratulated the Medallists and all winners for their extraordinary efforts in protecting and promoting human rights in Australia. “For 40 years, Ron Merkel … Continued

All I Want for Christmas….is to be Able to Access Foxtel!

Amanda Heal is one of a growing number of blind Foxtel subscribers expressing frustration at the inaccessibility of Foxtel’s services – from Foxtel’s IQ program guide, to the IQ’s recording features, to the inaccessibility of television content for viewers who are blind or vision impaired. Ms Heal, who has been subscribed to Foxtel since 2009, … Continued

Disabled Children Wait 22 Months for Therapy

Children with disabilities such as Down syndrome and autism referred nine months ago will not get state-employed speech or occupational therapy until the year after next, according to documents seen by The Age, as waiting times in the northern region stretch up to 22 months. Around 55 children on the northern region’s waiting list will … Continued

A Community for All: Implementing Article 19

A Guide for Monitoring Progress on the Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities The Community for All guide and checklist offers a detailed look at the rights identified in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), especially Article 19 of the CRPD which provides for the … Continued