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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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Scott Morrison plans to take money from NDIS to provide drought relief to farmers; robbing Peter to pay Paul

Today’s announcement the PM Morrison is considering taking funds from the NDIS to provide relief to drought-stricken farmers is simply beyond comprehension, according to Australian Greens Disability Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John.


"How, in a wealthy country like Australia, can our government justify taking money from one disadvantaged group of people to give to another. Scott Morrison is trying to rob Peter just to pay Paul," Steele-John said.


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NDIA eat humble pie, reverse decision forcing Tegan Sharp to pay back more than $100k of funding

Thursday, 25 October

Australian Greens disability Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said he was relieved the NDIA had reversed an earlier decision requiring Tegan Sharp and her family to use compensation money – provided after Ms Sharp suffered third-degree burns at the hands of a support worker– to pay back more than $100,000 of her NDIS funding.

“The fact that this case has taken not only judicial, but also political and media intervention, before the NDIA backed down is simply outrageous,” Steele-John said.

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Efforts to improve democratic participation by Australia’s youngest Senator recognised with International award

Australian Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John has been awarded One Young World’s Politician of the Year. Senator Steele-John was the only Australian shortlisted for the award.

Jordon was nominated for the award, for crowdsourcing his first speech to the Australian Senate and the active approach he has taken to include people who are often shut out of Parliament, young people and disabled people, in the parliamentary process.

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ROYAL COMMISSION: Priority should be to get young people OUT of aged care, not build new facilities

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

The Australian Greens have branded an announcement the WA Government will spend $90 million on a new aged care precinct, which includes facilities for young disabled people, as a disgrace, particularly in light of the Morrison government’s Royal Commission into the aged care sector.

“The priority at all levels of government must be to urgently get young people out of aged care facilities, not build new ones,” Steele-John said.

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