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Commission to continue representing people with disability

Disability Disability Rights

The Australian Human Rights Commission is pleased that it continues to have the support of the Federal Government.

The President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs, has however expressed her disappointment that the Commission’s budget has been reduced by $1.65 million over the next four years and the reduction of special-purpose Commissioners from the current seven to six.

Professor Triggs notes that the statutory appointment of the current Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes, ends in July 2014. During his term, Commissioner Innes has made an outstanding contribution to the rights of people with disability and the development of the NDIS.

Pending a future appointment to be made by the Attorney-General, Professor Triggs will assume responsibility for continuing to meet the statutory obligations required under the Disability Discrimination Act.

The Commission has also decided to convene a national disability rights forum in early 2015, to bring the sector together to identify the key human rights issues being faced by people with a disability.

“It is vital that the human rights of Australians with disability, including older Australians, continue to be heard, especially when they are among the most vulnerable in our community. As President, I will see to it that we ensure people with disabilities have a voice,” said Professor Triggs.

Media contact: Sarah Bamford (02) 9284 9758 or 0417 957 525 or sarah.bamford@humanrights.gov.au