Commissioner Innes Appointed to ALRC

Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes AM has been temporarily appointed to the Australian Law Reform Commission to support the inquiry into Legal Barriers for People with Disabilities.

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC today formally referred the inquiry, which will consider whether Commonwealth laws and legal frameworks create barriers to people with disability exercising their rights and legal capacity, to the ALRC.

In welcoming Mr Innes’ appointment, Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin said that, as Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme had been a powerful advocate for people with disability.

“Mr Innes’ work in ensuring that people with disability have access to the same rights and opportunities as Australians without disability ideally positions him to lead this important Inquiry,” Ms Macklin said.

Inquiries undertaken by the Australian Law Reform Commission provide a unique opportunity for in depth consideration of issues of law.

The reference follows a three-week public consultation on draft terms of reference.

The Australian government made changes to the terms of reference based on the consultation. The ALRC’s final report on this topic is due in August 2014.

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Topics:
Legal, Corrections, Justice System

Author:
Australian Human Rights Commission

Source:
Media Release

Date published:
Tue 23rd Jul, 2013