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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Govt Rejects Disability Abuse Inquiry

ProBono News Australia, 25th November 2014

The Abbott Government has rejected calls for a national inquiry into allegations of abuse of people with disability in institutions.

Responding to questions from Greens Senator Rachel Siewert in Federal Parliament today, Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, said it was the responsibility of the State Governments to undertake any inquiries.

Fifield said that until the National Disability Insurance Scheme had been rolled out all complaints were to be reported and handled at the state level.

Senator Fifield noted that both the Victorian Liberal Government and the Opposition had promised to undertake an inquiry after this week’s election.

The calls for an inquiry were made after ongoing allegations of abuse and the mismanagement of complaints by a major disability service provider ... read more here.

  • A National Disability Abuse Inquiry website has been set up to provide links to the campaign for an inquiry, to highlight evidence of abuse, and to continue to inform interested Australians of developments.

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