Statement from Alastair McEwin, Disability Discrimination Commissioner
I support the motion to hold a Royal Commission into the violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability. I call upon the Government to act immediately on this motion by proceeding to establish the Royal Commission without further delay.
Media Statement from Alastair McEwin, Australian Disability Discrimination Commissioner
I welcome today’s release of the draft terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability and the government’s commitment to establish a Royal Commission.
These plans have been given to the Australian Human Rights Commission pursuant to section 67 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.
The Australian Human Rights Commission is pleased to welcome Dr Ben Gauntlett as Disability Discrimination Commissioner.
Before his appointment, Dr Gauntlett worked as a barrister in Western Australia and Victoria with a broad ranging practice.
He has also worked as an associate to the Honourable Justice Kenneth Hayne AC at the High Court of Australia, as Counsel Assisting the Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth and taught law in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Dr Ben Gauntlett
Disability Discrimination Commissioner: 2019 -
In March 2009, Sydney Law School alumnus Matt Laffan passed away after he fought and lost the biggest battle of his colourful and active life.
On 27 February 2019, Carly Findlay, writer and appearance activist, will deliver a memorial address to celebrate the significant impact Matt made in his short life. The 2019 address is jointly co-hosted by Sydney Law School and the Australian Human Rights Commission in recognition of the 25th anniversary year of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), which ends on 28 February 2019.
On Monday 8 April 2019, refugee and disability rights activists Nujeen Mustafa and Shantha Rau Barriga joined Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow at another of our popular RightsTalk events, hosted in partnership with Human Rights Watch.
In this week’s Rights Talk, Nujeen Mustafa, advocate for refugees with disability together with Shantha Rau Barriga, Human Rights Watch’s founding disability rights division director, talked with Human Rights Commissioner Ed Santow about the difficulties faced by refugees and asylum seekers with disability.
Refugees and asylum seekers with disabilities are often overlooked in getting basic services, even though they are among those most at-risk.