Monday, 2 March 2020
The Disability Royal Commission has formally written to the government on 14 February, 2020, asking them to legislate for the identity of witnesses, and the privacy of their information, to be protected beyond April 2022 - the end date of the Commission - officials from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet revealed today in estimates.
Australian Greens Disability spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said advocates had been raising the issue since November and were becoming increasingly concerned about the chilling effect this lack of privacy could have on the ability of the Royal Commission to deliver justice for disabled people.
"Disabled people, their families and whistle-blowers must be able to engage with the Disability Royal Commission knowing that their privacy is protected.
"The issue of privacy was raised by the Chair at the first public hearing in November last year and yet the government has made to move to introduce the legislation.
"The government must act urgently to provide disabled people, their families and whistle-blowers with the protection we need to tell our stories safely. Right now, across the board, the community does not have that confidence."
STEELE-JOHN - Tim Oliver; 0448 316 387