PWDA President Bonnie Millen said:
"The first sitting of Parliament for 2017 was full of action, with the funding for the NDIS being linked with cuts to social security and childcare. We worked with our DPO Australia colleagues to speak out against this move.
"It was great to hear that that Australian Government has recommitted to ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) by December this year. OPCAT requires states to monitor places of detention including prisons, mental health facilities and other institutions where people with disability may be held in order to prevent violence and abuse."
PWDA has made several important submissions this month including to the NSW Inquiry into education for students with disability, the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the NDIS Inquiry into how the NDIS is working for people with psychosocial disability and to the NSW Law Reform Commission Review of the Guardianship Act. These will be available on the PWDA website soon.
PWDA participated in the 5th Pacific Conference on Disability in Samoa last week, alongside our DPO cousins at the Pacific Disability Forum, over 20 other Pacific nations and hundreds of people with disability, to discuss how to create more opportunities for people with disability in the Pacific.