Media Releases – 2016

November 30: Cuts to transport funding opposed by national disability groups

National disability groups are calling on Federal Senators to block a Bill that will reduce transport support for people with disability.

November 14: People with Disability Australia welcomes new local government Disability Guide

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) today welcomed the release of the Australian Local Government Association’s (ALGA) new Disability Guide. The updated guide assists local governments to include people with disability in all parts of their work and helps councils meet their requirements under the National Disability Strategy (NDS).

November 7: People with Disability Australia (PWDA) today welcomes new research from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse examining disability and child sexual abuse in institutional contexts.

Researchers from the University of Sydney found that international data reveals that around 14% of children with disability are sexually abused.

November 4: People with Disability Australia welcomes today’s announcement by Social Services Minister, Christian Porter, that the Commonwealth Government is taking the lead in developing a National Redress Scheme for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.

“We hope that all states and territories recognise the importance of there being equity across all jurisdictions, and ‘opt in’ to supporting this scheme,” Matthew Bowden, Co-CEO of PWDA said.

October 5: Peak disability group condemns decision to deny Deaf juror equal access

Today the High Court of Australia unanimously rejected an appeal from Gaye Lyons, a Queensland women who had been turned down for jury service because she requires as Auslan interpreter to participate in proceedings. [DPO Australia]

August 17: Australian Cross Disability Alliance condemns treatment of student locked in cage

The Australian Cross Disability Alliance (ACDA) is appalled at the report on last night’s ABC 7.30 program about the abuse and restraint of a student with disability. [DPO Australia]

July 19: Children with disability have a right to a safe childhood

Leading disability group will give evidence about the shocking levels of abuse of children with disability at today’s hearing of the Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney.

Jun 14: Australian Cross Disability Alliance calls for a disability inclusive Australia

The Australian Cross Disability Alliance (ACDA) calls on all election candidates to commit to building a disability inclusive Australia by supporting key election priorities outlined in the ACDA Election Platform released today. [DPO Australia]

20 May: Civil society leaders unite to slam vilification of Duncan Storrar

Over 30 disabled peoples organisations, not for profits, community leaders, unions and commentators on civic participation have united to issue an unprecedented national Civil Society Statement of Concern (see below) about the media treatment of Duncan Storrar.

Click here to read Statement of Concern

6 May: Australian Cross Disability Alliance welcomes new Commissioners

The Australian Cross Disability Alliance (ACDA) congratulates the Attorney General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC for the appointment of three new Commissioners to the Australian Human Rights Commission.  We particularly welcome the reinstatement of a dedicated Disability Discrimination Commissioner. [DPO Australia]

3 May: BUDGET 2016 – Don’t fund our NDIS at the cost of our safety net

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) welcomes the Government’s overarching commitment to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) into the future.  However, we strongly reject the budget measures that link a fully funded NDIS with the need to cut welfare spending.

7 March: Australian Cross Disability Alliance says ‘Hands off the NDIS’
Today’s media reports that the Federal Government is considering major changes to the funding and governance of the NDIS, have alarmed people with disability, families and advocates across Australia. [DPO Australia]

18 February: Australian Cross Disability Alliance says #letthemstay
The Australian Cross Disability Alliance urges the Australian Government to allow the asylum seeker children and families, currently facing removal back to offshore immigration detention centres, to stay in Australia. [ACDA]

15 February: Australian Cross Disability Alliance welcomes appointment of new Assistant Minister for Disability Services

The Australian Cross Disability Alliance (ACDA) welcomes the announcement of the new Assistant Minister for Disability Services, Mrs Jane Prentice MP. [ACDA]

5 February: Vale Faye Druett

PWDA is deeply saddened at the death yesterday of one of our founders, Faye Druett. PWDA President, Craig Wallace pays tribute to Faye in this statement.

28 January: Australian Cross Disability Alliance calls for investment in Australians with disability for future prosperity

The Australian Cross Disability Alliance is calling on the Government to end speculation about the National Disability Insurance Scheme and to give certainty to all Australians with disability. [DPO Australia]