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Royal Commission terms of Reference missing investigation, prosecution and, most importantly, redress for survivors of violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect

Sunday, 5 March 2019

Australian Greens Disability Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has claimed the publication of draft terms of reference for public consultation on a Royal Commission into the violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect as a win for the disability rights movement and the greens, but said certain key elements are still missing.

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

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.

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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.

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Morrison Government playing politics with disabled people when it comes to Paralympic funding: Steele-John

Wednesday, 6th February 2019

Australian Greens Disability Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has welcomed Prime Minister Morrison's commitment to funding paralympic sport, but said that the funding was ever in question is just another example of government playing politics with disabled people.

"The Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) had to put in a submission - which was way back in October last year - requesting funding for the Tokyo 2020 campaign and the long-term sustainability of grassroots disabled sport in Australia," Steele-John said.

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Greens announce plan to end disability discrimination and build a more inclusive Australia

Australian Greens  Senator Jordon Steele-John has announced plans to dramatically improve the lives of the more that 4 million Australians living with disability, and ensure equal access to education, employment, public infrastructure and services for everyone.

Senator Steele-John said that outisde of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which will only about 450,000 of the more than 4 million disabled people, there was little strong public policy addressing the very real and constant challenges faced by the disabled community every single day.

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Thalidomide hearing an historic and long overdue moment for justice: Steele-john

Friday, 2 November 2018

The Australian Greens Disability Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said today's hearing for survivors of the Thalidomide disaster was an historic and long overdue opportunity for justice.

"Thalidomide was a man-made and entirely preventable disaster, perpetuated by a government who failed to not only protect people but to take appropriate and timely action to mitigate the drugs impacts in Australia," Steele-John said.

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No money earmarked for NDIS can be re-purposed until this government proves how they will ensure the scheme is fully funded

Monday, 29 October

The Australian Greens will put a motion to the Senate on Monday 12 November calling on the government to immediately return all funds diverted from the NDIS for drought relief back to the scheme until their allocation has been debated by the Senate.

Disability rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said there was no justification for taking money away from the NDIS to provide drought relief to farmers, especially considering the funds in questions were still the subject of a bill before the Senate.

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