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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Senate votes unanimously for a national inquiry into the abuse of disabled people

Today's Senate vote has been welcomed by disability advocates, both individuals and organisations:

Senate Votes on Disability Abuse Inquiry
ProBono News Australia, 11th February 2015
The Australian Senate has voted unanimously to hold a national inquiry into the abuse of disabled people in institutional and residential settings. 
Disability advocates, including abuse victim Juliette Anderson, had spent Wednesday campaigning for Senators to support the motion for an inquiry.
At around 4pm on Wednesday every Senator present voted in favour of the national inquiry ... 
Greens Senator Rachel Siewert, who moved the motion, welcomed the outcome of the vote ... “People with disability and organisations representing them can breathe a sigh of relief that there is finally an inquiry that will address the systemic issue of abuse of people with disability in care at a national level. This inquiry is just one step to ensuring that people with disability can feel safe day to day whilst accessing essential services" ...

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