Senate debates

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Questions without Notice

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

2:11 pm

Photo of Michaelia CashMichaelia Cash (WA, Liberal Party, Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business) Share this | Hansard source

I thank Senator Bilyk for the question. As the government have said, we have welcomed the release of the disability royal commission's interim report. We acknowledge that we all have a role to play in stamping out violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation of people with a disability. It is completely unacceptable. We also thank the disability royal commission for its important work and we will carefully consider the findings in relation to COVID-19, as well as other issues and recommendations that emerge as part of this inquiry. The government is committed to ensuring our response to the global pandemic properly takes into account the needs of people with disability, and we will carefully consider all of the recommendations as part of this process. I can also advise that the Australian government will work across relevant portfolios and ministers to respond to the commission's recommendations as a matter of priority.


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