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Government must do more than allow Royal Commission motion to pass, they must take action

Media Release
Jordon Steele-John 17 Feb 2019

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Australian Greens Disability Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said today that it was not enough for the government to allow a motion calling for an urgent Royal Commission into the violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect of disabled to pass unopposed in the house of Representatives - they must vote in favour of it and take action.

"It is not enough to simply let this motion pass on the voices - Scott Morrison, and the government he leads, must  acknowledge the seriousness of this issue, vote for it and take action to immediately establish a Royal Commission," he said.

"Contrary to the Attorney General's comments on Insiders this morning, there is no added layer of complexity in taking action on this issue. If the Government was able to pre-empt the Four Corners investigation into the Aged Care sector by announcing a Royal Commission in record time, then they can do the same here and deliver justice for disabled people.

"Anything less is just empty politics as usual by the Morrison government. He has draft terms of reference in his inbox - what more does he need?"

Media contact:

Tim Oliver (Senator Steele-John) – 0448 316 387

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