TURNBULL’S DECISION TO RULE OUT DISABILITY ROYAL COMMISSION DEEPLY DISAPPOINTING

May 29, 2017


The Turnbull Government’s decision to rule out establishing a Royal Commission into violence and abuse against people with disability is deeply disappointing.  

Only a Royal Commission has the weight, authority and investigative powers to examine the horrific accounts of violence and abuse against people with disability. 

In Question Time today, Bill Shorten asked the Prime Minister:

People with disability suffer higher rates of violence than the rest of the community. 90% of women with intellectual disability have been sexually assaulted.

Children with a disability are at least three times more likely to experience abuse than other children.

So, will the Prime Minister support the establishment of a Royal Commission into violence and abuse against people with disability?

I acknowledge the advocacy of the Disabled Peoples Organisation of Australia, Valid, AFDO and other community organisations who have called for this Royal Commission.

BILL SHORTEN, HOUSE OF REPS, 29 MAY 2017

Both Malcolm Turnbull and Christian Porter failed to support the calls to set up a Royal Commission.

The disability sector is clearly calling on the Turnbull Government to establish a Royal Commission into Violence and Abuse of People with Disability.

Mr Turnbull and Mr Porter should starting listening to the concerns of people with disability, their families and carers.

The Turnbull Government’s claim that NDIS Quality Safeguards Framework is sufficient to prevent further abuse of people with disability is simply inadequate. 

Therese Sands, Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) has said of the NDIS Quality Safeguards Framework:

“It doesn’t address the scale of violence and abuse against people with disability, its many different forms, and the range of service and other settings where it occurs.”

Labor continues to call on the Turnbull Government to begin the work to establish a Royal Commission immediately.

If they fail to do so, a Shorten Labor Government will get this done.

MONDAY, 29 MAY 2017

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