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Statement: ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE IN THE DISABILITY SECTOR

THE HON BILL SHORTEN


LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION


MEMBER FOR MARIBYRNONG


 


JENNY MACKLIN MP


SHADOW MINISTER FOR FAMILIES & PAYMENTS


SHADOW MINISTER FOR DISABILITY REFORM


MEMBER FOR JAGAJAGA


STATEMENT


ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE IN THE DISABILITY SECTOR


Australians are rightly shocked by the allegations of abuse in the disability sector aired by the ABC’s Four Corners program last night.

It is important to acknowledge the courage of those who speak out. It is this courage that will ensure that abuse is exposed and those responsible held to account.

These allegations of violence, abuse and neglect of some of the most vulnerable members of our community are deeply disturbing.

Labor believes that any allegation of this nature should be investigated fully, and the perpetrators of any crimes brought to justice.

People with disability have every right to feel safe and supported in accessing services and care, as does every Australian.

Labor supports the call by former Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes AM and others for an independent investigation into these serious allegations.

We must do everything we can to ensure Australians with disability have the same rights and protections as all Australians.

TUESDAY, 25 NOVEMBER 2014

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