Topic: Media Releases

DPO Australia Join Civil Society Groups Welcoming Australia’s Ratification of Torture Treaty

DPO Australia joins with our civil society colleagues in welcoming the Commonwealth Attorney General’s announcement that Australia had ratified an international human rights treaty known as the UN Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT). “Ratification of this treaty is a highly significant moment in protecting the rights of the most segregated and isolated…

Joint NGO Media Release: Australia’s Human Rights Record Criticised by UN Expert Committee

Australia has been criticised by an expert United Nations Committee following its appearance before the UN Committee for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights last month. Last night the UN Committee released its Concluding Observations, a statement outlining its assessment of Australia’s performance under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). The statement…

Media Release: We Call on this Parliament to Deliver Secure, Sustainable and Sufficient Funding for the National Disability Insurance Scheme

To cement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as a universal system for all Australians, sufficient and sustainable funding must be secured now, while there is strong bipartisan commitment. The NDIS must not become a ‘political football’. The NDIS is a long over-due system for providing individualised funding for support services for people with disability…

Media Release: 163 Civil Society Organisations call on Prime Minister to announce a Royal Commission into Disability Violence

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) along with 163 civil society organisations, and 383 individuals wrote to Prime Minister Turnbull yesterday calling for a Royal Commission into violence and abuse against people with disability, as was recommended by the Senate Inquiry two years ago. A diverse group of organisations from across Australia signed the statement,…

DPO Australia Leads NGO Coalition at Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 5th Periodic Review of Australia

On 29 May 2017, the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (the Committee) opened its 61st session.  At this session, the Committee will be reviewing States’ formal reports on the progress toward implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) in Australia, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Uruguay.…