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A motion from Greens Senator Jordan Steele-John to establish a Royal Commission into abuse in the disability sector passed the Senate and had the numbers to pass the House of Representatives. The Government extended Question Time by an extra hour to avoid the vote, but they'll have to deal with it when Parliament resumes on Monday.
The pilot will be based out of Melbourne’s Torren University, which will include a one-year work readiness program, including partnership with a national employer and a seven-week work placement program. Thirteen participants with Down syndrome between 22 and 35 years old will participate in the pilot. The program involves extensive collaboration across industry, education, disability employment services, media, Government and the not-for-profit sector.
The ABC understands more than 110 people are currently occupying hospital beds throughout South Australia, waiting for their NDIS plan to be approved. South Australia's Health Minister Stephen Wade said some of those people had been waiting for more than a year.