Tag: Discrimination

Marking 25 Years of the Disability Discrimination Act

Today, 1st March, marks 25 years since the federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) (DDA) came into force. This anniversary provides time to reflect on the impact of the DDA and to prepare for the reform still needed. There is an urgent need to audit and update the DDA to ensure it complies with the…

Submission to the Review of Australia Fifth Periodic Report Under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

DPO Australia has worked with a coalition of Australian non-government organisations to prepare a report to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.  This report will assist the Committee to review Australia’s progress in achieving economic, social and cultural rights for people in Australia.  This review will take place at the UN…

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…

Media Release: Australian Cross Disability Alliance Welcomes New Commissioners

06 May 2016 Media Release: Australian Cross Disability Alliance Welcomes New Commissioners  The Australian Cross Disability Alliance (ACDA) congratulates the Attorney General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC for the appointment of three new Commissioners to the Australian Human Rights Commission. We particularly welcome the reinstatement of a dedicated Disability Discrimination Commissioner. ACDA looks forward…