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Disclaimer:  Advocacy for Inclusion is non-partisan and does not endorse any political parties. Information  presented is for people to make their own decision in the 2016 ACT Election 

 

ACT Election Priorities 

Advocacy for Inclusion Election Priorities 2016 Word PDF

We are seeking commitments from the major parties in the areas of:

Representation 

Equal Access to Justice

Violence

Parenting 

Guardianship Reform 

Accommodation and forced cohabitation 

 Our friends at PWDACT have also done an analysis of their election priorities against commitments made by the major parties  http://pwdact.org.au/ 

We Interviewed the major parties to hear what their commitments are in the areas of repsentation, equal access to justice, violence, parenting, guardianship and accommodation for people with disabilities in Canberra. Follow the links or watch the video below for their individual responses: 

 

Interview with Greens spokesperson for disability Veronica Wensinghttps://youtu.be/LX0j31BHnTU?list=PL8e2rW6jPKS7zxTb9NRJzQ6kd9JPvKaIF

Interview with Liberal Shadow Minister for Disability Andrew Wall MLA - https://youtu.be/M3s-deRWucI?list=PL8e2rW6jPKS7zxTb9NRJzQ6kd9JPvKaIF

Interview with Labor Minister for Disability Chris Bourke MLAhttps://youtu.be/OQ2Eco36TbA?list=PL8e2rW6jPKS7zxTb9NRJzQ6kd9JPvKaIF

 

Advocacy for Inclusion ACT Election Analysis

Election Priority

ACT Greens

Canberra Liberals

ACT Labor

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Representation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YES

 

Strong commitment to the voice of people with disabilities being engaged in processes about us. Agreed to have half of speakers at government forums being people with disabilities.

 

No commitment to 100% of advice being from people with disabilities. 

YES

 

Liberals will establish Disability Access Taskforce. Commitment to representation of people with disabilities but not 100% of taskforce.

 

A strong recognition that consulting with people with disabilities is important across other areas of government but no clear mechanisms outlined. 

YES

 

Commitment to continue to have a Minister for Disability and an ‘Office of Disability’. These mechanisms will work with the disability community to formulate policy.

 

No commitment to 100% of advice or consultation being from people with disabilities. 

 

All parties have announced various panels and advisory bodies. None committed to those bodies being 100% people with disabilities.

 All parties recognised the importance of talking to the disability community and consulting with them on an ongoing basis.

 

 

 

  

 

 

Parenting

YES 

 

Commitment to a broad independent Inquiry into child protection matters which would include attention to child removal from parents with disabilities 

PARTIAL YES 

 

Commitment to a Legislative Assembly Committee Inquiry into child protection data and monitoring.

NO 

 

Intention to gather more data as part of Out of Home Care Strategy.

 
 

Both the ACT Greens and Canberra Liberals have committed to a form of inquiry: -the Greens, while independent, is broader and not focussed specifically on the removal of children from parents with disabilities.    -The Canberra Liberals is not independent.  

 

Labor seems willing to continue the status quo.

Violence

NO CLEAR POLICY

 

Will explore how to achieve the outcome in other ways.

 This will not achieve equal access to justice for people with disabilities experiencing domestic violence. Rather it continues to systemically segregate people with disabilities.  

NO CLEAR POLICY

 

Will investigate current exclusion of people with disabilities once in government.  

NO CLEAR POLICY

 

After introducing the new exclusionary legislation in June, Labor has committed to continuing to talk with women with disabilities experiencing violence. They would not commit to ensuring equal access to the law by amending the family violence legislation. Nor did Labor recognise that are victims of domestic violence can also be men with disabilities. 

Advocacy for Inclusion is deeply disappointed that no parties committed to ensuring equal access to domestic violence law for people with disabilities. This leaves a very vulnerable, already marginalised, group of people outside the domestic violence legal and support system.

Accommodation and forced cohabitation

 

 

 

 

 

NO

NO

NO

All parties made excuses for not committing to ending congregate living, including suggestions that parents should participate in deciding where their adult children live.

 

In a human rights jurisdiction it is disappointing to have no progress in implementing the fundamental disability right to live where you choose to live.

Equal Access to Justice

 

YES 

Clear commitment to develop Disability Justice Strategy.

NO CLEAR POLICY

Agreed that work needs to be done. No clear policy commitments.

YES

Clear commitment to develop Disability Justice Strategy.

 

This chronic area of unmet need for people with disabilities needs strong commitment to address widespread systemic disadvantage. Advocacy for Inclusion has campaigned for a Disability Justice Strategy with associated resources.

Guardianship Reform

 

 

 

 

YES

 

YES

 

YES

 

All parties committed to continuing the process of guardianship law reform by taking forward the recommendations from the recent ACT Law Reform Advisory Committee inquiry into the ACT Guardianship Act.

 

  

                                                                                                                                               

Election Priority

ACT Greens

Canberra Liberals

ACT Labor

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