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The Australian Government Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability began proceedings this week in Brisbane.

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A delegation of people with disability from across Australia has travelled to Geneva, Switzerland this week to report on the rights and outcomes for Australians with a disability to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which Australia ratified in 2008.

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Yesterday, a new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) was published which discusses the health, well-being, employment, education and social inclusiveness and connectedness of people with disability living in Australia today.

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More than 40 disability organisations across Australia have endorsed a Joint Position Statement from the Disabled People’s Organisation (DPO) Australia, which calls on the NDIA “to develop a comprehensive sexuality policy to continue reasonable and necessary support for sexual expression through NDIS funding”. 

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The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability was established on 4 April 2019 by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retired).

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Bill Shorten MP, Shadow Minister for the NDIS and former Opposition Leader, has reiterated the disability sector’s calls for two disability royal commissioners to be stood down due to a “recent, extensive and significant” conflict of interest.