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Media Release: Peak Disability Group Condemns Decision to Deny Deaf Juror Equal Access

Today the High Court of Australia unanimously rejected an appeal from Gaye Lyons, a Queensland women who had been turned down for jury service because she requires as Auslan interpreter to participate in proceedings. “The decision is very disappointing”, says peak national disability group, Disabled Persons Organisations Australia (DPO Australia). “However, we won’t be deterred…

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia Opposes Omnibus Bill Budget Changes

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) recently made a submission to the Senate Committee on Economics to oppose budget measures contained in the ‘Omnibus Bill’ that will have a negative impact on people with disability.  These measures include: Changes to the Newly Arrived Residents Waiting Period Changes to backdating of Carers Allowance Removal of the DSP for…

New Name for Australia’s Peak Disability Alliance

The ‘Australian Cross Disability Alliance’ is now ‘Disabled People’s Organisations Australia’. The ‘Australian Cross Disability Alliance’ has changed its name to ‘Disabled People’s Organisations Australia’, or DPO Australia, to better reflect its membership of representative organisations of people with disability. DPO Australia is an alliance of peak disability organisations made up of and governed by…

Australian Cross Disability Alliance Condemns Treatment of Student Locked in Cage

MEDIA RELEASE The Australian Cross Disability Alliance (ACDA) is appalled at the report on last night’s ABC 7.30 program about the abuse and restraint of a student with disability. “This is not an issue of one ‘bad’ school, one ‘bad’ teacher or one ‘bad’ education system – it is clearly a national, systemic issue that…