Young Man Stuck in Prison by NDIS Transition Mess

Last night ABC TV’s 7.30 program told the story of Francis, a young man with severe disabilities trapped inside the Melbourne Assessment Prison because, under the NDIS, there was no-one willing to care for him on the outside.

7.30 Report on ABC- Emergency Intervention Removes Disabled Young Man

Heartbreaking story on 7.30 last night about “Francis” a young man with an intellectual disability and autism that was stuck in Melbourne Assessment Prison because there was nowhere else for him to go. MP Martin Foley has put measures in place to get him out of there, however this situation is not unique, there are … Continued

Unfitness to Plead Final report

Unfitness to plead laws in Australia have been widely recognised as requiring reform and modernisation. The Unfitness to Plead Project sought to develop practical and legal options to address the problem of people with cognitive disabilities being found unfit to plead and subject to indefinite detention.

Vic disability abuse probes strengthened

Victorian police and an independent commissioner will work more closely to investigate the abuse of disabled people after rape allegations were not reported to police.

NDIA loses appeal in test case for transport funding

An attempt by the National Disability Insurance Agency to appeal a ruling that the agency must fully fund supports accepted as “reasonable and necessary” under the National Disability Insurance Scheme, has been dismissed by the Federal Court.

Cruel paradox in repeat child abuse cases

It is unacceptable that children who have suffered the most extensive sexual abuse may be less able to receive justice in the criminal courts, the child abuse royal commission says. Commission chair Justice Peter McClellan says it is increasingly apparent that changes to the process of, and evidence admitted at, a criminal trial may be … Continued

Government reversal on cuts to Community Legal Centres

The federal government is to reverse its controversial funding cuts to Community Legal Centres (CLCs) in the upcoming budget – a move the community legal sector has described as a “huge relief”.