05 April 2019

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

I welcome the Prime Minister’s establishment of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

It is an important moment in our history for the many people with disability, their families and their advocates who have fought for the Royal Commission’s establishment.

The Terms of Reference, now agreed, have been shaped by people with disability to allow broad consideration of the unacceptable violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation experienced in both institutional and community settings.

As the Commission begins its work, I will be making strong representations that hearings be held in regional areas, so that people with disability in regional areas, like Corangamite can participate.

The Morrison Government has committed $527.9 million to the Commission’s work to ensure there are adequate resources for people with disability to be engaged and supported through the Commission’s work.

It is so important to ensure the Royal Commission is set up in a way to best support people with disability and minimise re-traumatisation.

I want acknowledge those in my electorate who contacted me about the establishment of a Royal Commission in recent months, and who provided submissions to the Terms of Reference.

The voice of people with disability has been heard loudly, and those voices will continue to shape our work to improve the lives of people with disability in Australia.

 

5 April 2019