Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John said today he would make it his mission to bust the myth that young people didn’t care about politics, after taking carriage of the Youth portfolio in party room this morning.
Australian Labor Party I have a lot to say about this. I would not usually share Labor content but this is so incredibly misleading, I have to set the record straight.
1. The use of that image in relation to this critical human rights issue is outrageously offensive. Disabled people are not tragic figures to be reached down to. The abuse we face, the violence we endure, the neglect we are subjected to, are not things that needs to be investigated because they make non-disabled people feel bad, they need to be investigated because we are equal human beings and we have a right to live free of these horrors.
2. "Will you stand". Seriously? As a person who uses a wheelchair, this is offensive, ableist language! Think before you post.
3. You say you've been calling for it for a year. So what took you SO LONG? Four Corners revealed the horrors that so many of us experience in 2014. The 2015 Senate Inquiry into Violence, Abuse and Neglect of Disabled People (initiated and Chaired by the Greens) urgently called for a Royal Commission in 2015. The Greens put motions repeatedly to the Senate calling for this and you voted them down as recently March 2017. You finally voted for one of these motions ONLY after I arrived.
4. You had an opportunity to support justice for disabled people yesterday and you didn't take it. Instead, you voted with the government to hedge the safety and human rights of disabled people on your chances of winning the next election.