THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FAMILIES AND SOCIAL SERVICES
SHADOW MINISTER FOR PREVENTING FAMILY VIOLENCE
MEMBER FOR BARTON
SENATOR CAROL BROWN
SHADOW MINISTER FOR DISABILITY AND CARERS
SENATOR FOR TASMANIA
SCOTT MORRISON NEEDS TO END STONEWALLING ON DISABILITY ROYAL COMMISSION
It’s time for Scott Morrison to end his trickery and stonewalling on a royal commission into violence and abuse against people with disability.
He needs to end the uncertainty, and support this royal commission, after previously voting against it again and again.
After his Government’s shameful and disappointing antics in the Parliament yesterday, it would be the decent and respectful thing to do for people with disability, their families, carers and advocates.
Yesterday, during the Government’s shambolic attempts to obstruct a vote on a royal commission, the Prime Minister misled the parliament when he said:
“I have not resolved not do this, I have been considering this matter”.
And yet, just hours earlier his Government voted against the royal commission in the Senate.
The Government also voted against an almost identical motion in the Senate in December last year.
For years, the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government has opposed the royal commission.
15 months after the Senate report into violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability in institutional and residential settings, the Government rejected the recommendation for a royal commission:
“The Government does not consider that a further inquiry is needed.”
Scott Morrison cannot airbrush history. He needs to do the right thing by people with disability.
People with disability have waited long enough. And Scott Morrison has had plenty of time. He voted against the Banking Royal Commission 26 times. He cannot make the same mistake with this.
Labor committed to a separate and dedicated royal commission for people with disability in May 2017.
And Labor senators were integral to drafting the Senate report recommending a royal commission back in November 2015.
People with disability, their families, carers and advocates know far too well and have known for far too long, the widespread prevalence of this violence and abuse.
And they know that only a broad-based, separate and dedicated royal commission which covers incidences of abuse and violence in a wide range of sectors, including in health, mental health, education and the justice system, will suffice.
FRIDAY, 15 FEBRUARY 2019