Monday, 7 July 2014

Advocacy and rights: news and opinion

Age discrimination commissioner Susan Ryan takes on extra role of acting disability discrimination commissioner
Dan Harrison, Sydney Morning Herald, 1st July 2014
Age discrimination commissioner Susan Ryan will take on the additional responsibility of addressing disability discrimination when the current disability discrimination commissioner, Graeme Innes, finishes in the role later this month ... Mr Innes won't be replaced by a full-time disability discrimination commissioner after the Abbott government announced in the May budget that it would reduce the number of Australian Human Rights commissioners by one in order to save $1.7 million over four years ...

Speak for yourself
Kerri Cassidy, Ramp Up, 25th June 2014
It is more important than ever that disability and chronic illness organisations do not speak on behalf of those they represent, but empower us to speak for ourselves ...

Intellectually impaired Aboriginal woman Rosie Fulton to be freed after 21 months in jail with no conviction
John Stewart, ABC News, 26th June 2014
A mentally impaired Aboriginal woman who has been held in jail without trial or conviction for 21 months will be released next week to be closer to her family ...


Passing on the Baton
Graeme Innes, Howzat? 23rd June 2014
Before leaving my position as Disability Discrimination Commissioner, I wanted to make an ongoing contribution to leadership in the disability sector in Australia. Planning for succession is one of the most important things we all have to do if we want a sector or movement to be sustainable. I wanted to enhance the skills of young people with disabilities so that they would be better leaders in the future ...

The closure of Ramp Up once again silences people with disabilities
George Taleporos, The Guardian, 19th June 2014
Ramp Up was a site written by people with disabilities, without the distorting filter of the mainstream media which turn us into objects of pity or inspiration. It's a real shame to see it go ...

Human Rights Commission to spread extra load after Disability Commissioner's departure
Judith Ireland, Brisbane Times, 12th June 2014
There will be a group effort at the Human Rights Commission to compensate for the loss of its disability commissioner, with the remaining commissioners all taking on disability work when Graeme Innes leaves next month. The federal government cut the commission's funding by $1.7 million in the budget, reducing the number of commissioners from seven to six. When Mr Innes' term ends in July, he will not be replaced with a new commissioner. President Gillian Triggs told Fairfax Media that she and the other commissioners had agreed to take a share of the disability workload as it relates to their existing portfolios ... Last year, 37 per cent of discrimination complaints received by the commission related to disability. "It's obviously a very important sector for us," Professor Triggs said ...

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