House debates

Monday, 18 February 2019

Statements by Members

Disability Services

4:22 pm

Photo of Sharon ClaydonSharon Claydon (Newcastle, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I want to acknowledge the very historic motion that has just taken place in the Australian parliament. We have finally passed a motion to support a royal commission into violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability. It is a historic occasion. The motion was passed in the Senate last week. The government was not able to support it at that time, but I welcome the news today that the coalition government has finally come on board to support this royal commission.

As somebody who has worked as a disability support worker at different times in my life, I can attest to the need for such a royal commission. Members of parliament have heard the horrific stories of people with disability who have endured violence, abuse and neglect. Whether it be in the workplace, at home, in supported accommodation or in recreational and public places it is intolerable. It is a shame in terms of our national history. It is time that we confront this reality. A royal commission will help shine light. If designed properly, in partnership with people with disability, it will put an end to this shocking abuse.