Labor committed to a Royal Commission two years ago. In contrast the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government voted against a Royal Commission twice.
A Royal Commission is important because it will have the power to compel witnesses, evidence and testimony.
The mistreatment of Australians with disability is a national shame and this Royal Commission must be a turning point for our country.
It must lead to deep and lasting changes, not just in the way governments and services work – but in the way people with disability are regarded and included by society.
Labor is very disappointed that the terms of reference for the Royal Commission do not make any reference to the investigation of redress. This must be investigated as part of a process of justice and healing.
A Shorten Labor Government will amend the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry to include the investigation of redress.
People with disability, their families and advocates have long been campaigning for a Royal Commission. It is overdue.
A future Labor Government will make sure people have the support they need to fully participate in the inquiry.
In addition to voting against a Royal Commission into violence and abuse against people with disability twice, the Liberals resorted to desperate tactics – including the longest Question Time in history – to avoid establishing one.
Australians with disability deserve full and equal citizenship. That means equal opportunities in all parts of life, including education, employment, health, justice and civil society.