Thursday, 12 June 2014

Advocacy and rights: news and opinion

Young Disability Leaders Join UN Conference
ProBono Australia News, 11th June 2014
The Australian Human Rights Commission has sent a delegation of young people with disabilities to the United Nations Conference of States Parties (COSP) in New York. The delegation is led by Therese Sands, Co-Executive Director, People with Disability Australia and Rosemary Kayess, Chairperson, Australian Centre for Disability Law (ACDL).

“These young Australians are considered to be emerging leaders in the disability movement in Australia. This trip is a unique professional development opportunity where the delegates are provided with training and mentoring as the next generation of young disability rights advocates to represent the Australian disability sector at the UN,” Therese Sands said ...

George Xinos, Sourceable, 6th June 2014
... The AHRC Disability Discrimination Commissioner’s role is ... pivotal in achieving the objects of the (Disability Services) Act and relevant Disability Standards and significant concern has been consequently aired in recent weeks. Some of this concern has centred on the capacity of another commissioner to adequately address the needs of people with disabilities, their families and networks on the basis of resources alone. Innes himself, has also suggested that having a commissioner responsible for disability discrimination and not having a disability themselves is an issue. He says that, as the Sex Discrimination Commissioner should be a woman and the Aged Discrimination Commissioner should be an older person, the commissioner responsible for disability discrimination should also have the ‘lived’ experience of disability in order to be able to fulfil his or her role effectively ...

Why visibility matters to disability
Prof Gwynnyth Llewellyn and Prof Eric Emerson, Ramp Up, 3rd June 2014
Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn and Professor Eric Emerson say the government's decision not to renew the position of Disability Discrimination Commissioner abandons decades of effort in making visible the discrimination and disadvantage experienced by many ordinary Australians.

Bill Shorten urges Tony Abbott to reinstate disability discrimination commissioner
James Massola, Matthew Knott, Sydney Morning Herald, 22nd May 2014
Five members of the Australian Human Rights Commission have lashed the government for ripping $1.7 million out of the organisation and defunding the disability discrimination commissioner role ...

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