The Australian Human Rights Commission has detailed human rights concerns for people with disability in Australia in a report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
In September, the UN Committee will consider Australia’s progress in meeting its obligations to people with disability under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
The Committee has received reports from the Commission (as an A-status national human rights institution), the Australian Government and civil society organisations.
The following speech was an introductory address delivered by Disability Discrimination Commissioner Ben Gauntlett at a policy forum convened by the Centre for Research Excellence in Disability and Health, held in Canberra on July 18, 2019.
Good morning and welcome to today’s policy forum, which has been organised by the Centre for Research Excellence in Disability and Health (CRE-DH).
The following speech was an opening presentation delivered by Disability Discrimination Commissioner Ben Gauntlett at a workshop on community attitudes towards people with disability convened by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disability, held in Melbourne on June 28, 2019.
Disability Discrimination Commissioner Ben Gauntlett gave a statement at the General Debate at the United Nations headquarters in New York on the importance of accessible technology for people with disability.
Commissioner Gauntlett told the UN that inaccessible technology was becoming an increasingly critical issue for governments.
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.