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Jeremy is a man with disability who was living in supported accommodation through the numerous COVID-19 shutdowns but had suffered a wide range of abuse and harm in the place. During one lockdown, his siblings also attempted to take financial…

Disability Advocates Condemn ‘Inappropriate’ Sentence For Ann Marie Smith Carer

Australia’s peak disability rights and advocacy body has condemned the sentence handed down today to disability support worker Rosa Maria Maione for the manslaughter of Adelaide resident Ann Marie Smith as manifestly inappropriate for such a shocking crime. Ms Maione…
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First Nations people with disability and the criminal justice system – Part 1

Photo courtesy of Hédi Benyounes on Unsplash Marisa Sposaro (Doin’ Time, 3CR) interviews Professor Eileen Baldry (Criminologist, UNSW Sydney) on First Nations people with disability and the criminal justice system. Listen to the full interview here: Transcript: Marisa: Today on…

Disability Royal Commission Progress

Our Co-CEO Matthew Bowden spoke to Fran Kelly on RN Breakfast this morning about the Disability Royal Commission, the terms of reference of which are expected to be publicly revealed on Monday.

Source: ABC Radio National

Interview Transcript

Fran Kelly: The Disability Royal Commission is about to be formally announced and the ABC has obtained details of the draft terms of reference. They appear to confirm that it will be a wide-ranging investigation into the violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect suffered by people with disabilities across all sectors of our community. Those draft terms of reference were presented to several advocacy groups earlier this week at a meeting with Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher. It’s expected they will be publicly revealed on Monday. Matthew Bowden, Co-CEO of PWDA, was at that meeting in Canberra, he’s seen the terms of reference, the draft terms. Welcome.

Matthew Bowden: Good morning.

Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability was established on 4 April 2019 by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd). The Governor-General issued Letters…

International Day of People with Disability: NACLC and PWDA welcome shift to supported decision-making

On the International Day of People with Disability, the National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) and People with Disability Australia (PWDA) welcome the recent Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) Report, Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws. “The report…

Urgent Call for National Inquiry: End violence against people with disability in institutions

25 November 2014 People with Disability Australia (PWDA) and Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) are outraged at the events that were portrayed in last night’s ABC 4 Corners program, ABC 4 Corners program, In Our Care.  This program exposes the deliberate cover-up of…