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GREENS INTRODUCE BILL FOR AUDIO DESCRIPTION ON AUSTRALIAN TV

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Australian Greens Disability Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John will join representatives from an alliance of disability, consumer and media organisations, researchers and audio description providers to advocate for the introduction of audio description on Australian television.

Senator Steele-John will today introduce the Broadcasting Services Amendment (Audio Description) Bill 2018 to the Senate, which if passed would enable equal access to television for the 385,000 people in Australia who are blind or have low vision.

Senator Steele-John will be joined by former Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes and representatives from the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network, Blind Citizens Australia, the Centre for Inclusive Design, the Australian Blindness Forum, audio description provider The Substation, Curtin University of Technology and Vision Australia.

WHEN: 11am - 12pm

WHERE: Senate Committee Room 1S3, Parliament House, Canberra

WHO: 
- Australian Greens Disability Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John
- Graeme Innes, Former Disability Discrimination Commissioner
- Teresa Corbin, CEO ACCAN
- Wayne Hawkins, Director of Inclusion ACCAN
- Emma Bennison, CEO Blind Citizens Australia
- Dr Manisha Amin, CEO Centre for Inclusive Design
- Rosemary Spry, Executive Officer Australian Blindness Forum
- Alison Myers, Audio Description Manage for The SubStation
- Cameron Roles, Board Member Vision Australia
- Katie Ellis, Curtin University

Media Contacts:
- Tim Oliver (Senator Steele-John) - 0448 316 387
- Kathie Elliott (Vision Australia) - 0439 724 304

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