Change The Record Coalition put out this media release today. COAG must seize opportunity for action on imprisonment and violence rates. MEDIA RELEASE: 08.12.16 The Change the Record Coalition  is urging Federal, State and Territory Governments to show leadership, and commit to developing national justice targets when COAG meets this Friday. The Prime Minister has noted that youth justice will be on the agenda and Change the Record is calling for measurable targets to be set
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On Friday 2 December 2016, NSW Manager Dianne Brookes and WA coordinator, Wendy Wright attended an International Day of People with Disability event at Crown Casino, Perth.  The Hon. Donna Faragher, Minister for Planning; Disability services made an announcement regarding the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Western Australia. The Minister’s statement regarding the announcement is available online.  
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MEDIA RELEASE 2 December 2016 International Day of People with Disability Celebrate, Reflect, Act The 3 December each year is the United Nations International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD).  This IDPwD, Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) celebrates the achievements and contributions of people with disability, reflects on our gains in creating equity and inclusion, and continues to act to make our human rights a reality. IDPwD 2016 coincides with the ten year anniversary of
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**MEDIA RELEASE**   Criminalising disability: Federal leadership required to end the indefinite detention of people with Cognitive and Psychiatric Impairment The Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs tabled its report on the Indefinite Detention of People with Cognitive and Psychiatric Impairment Tuesday evening. The report makes 32 recommendations with a focus on law reform and coordinated policies and programs to support people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment outside the criminal justice system. Damian Griffis, CEO
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Our Policy and Research Director Scott Avery attending and presented at Nga Pae o te Maramatanga  – International Indigenous Research Conference at the University of Auckland. The research conference brought together Indigenous researchers and scholars from around the world to share experiences, research methods and study outcomes on issues which affect Indigenous people across the globe. Maori culture and ceremony were a feature and highlight of the four day event, of which Maori and other
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Last night on Lateline Jonathan Hunyor, CEO of The Public Interest Advocacy Centre and our CEO, Damian Griffis, were interviewed following an update on Rosie Ann Fulton’s situation in the NT. Damian Griffis tells Lateline there is no support for Indigenous people with disabilities in the Northern Territory and the issue must be addressed immediately. While Jonathon Hunyor says jailing people with cognitive impairments is unacceptable. You can watch the video online.
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Congratulations to our wonderful Board member, Jane Rosengrave. Jane has just been announced as a finalist in the Australian Human Rights Awards 2016. Please see information pasted below from the Human Rights website. Congratulations to all finalists. An outstanding group of people.   Five inspiring Australians have been named finalists for the 2016 Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Community Individual Award. “We received 42 nominations from outstanding Australians, dedicated to human rights at the community level,” said Commission
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Aunty Gayle Rankine, Chairperson of First Peoples Disability Network has been appointed to the Government’s new National Disability and Carers Advisory Council. The Hon. Jane Prentice MP announced the new Advisory Council yesterday to coincide with the National Disability Awards. Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, Jane Prentice said the Council will provide advice to Government on issues of strategic importance at a time of major reform in the disability and carer sectors.
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In July 2016, Following the ABC’s 4 Corners program highlighting the abuse and neglect of young people in detention in the Northern Territory, the Prime Minister of Australia and the Attorney-General announced a Royal Commission into the detention of children and the child protection system in the Northern Territory. In October FPDN’s Research and Policy Director, Scott Avery was called to give evidence to the Royal Commission. Scott’s evidence focused on the importance of ensuring
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PDF version: ctrmediarelease_final_27-10-16 CHANGE THE RECORD MEDIA RELEASE – Thursday 27th October 2016 Australian Law Reform Commission inquiry into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander imprisonment must focus on solutions A major national inquiry into the over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples must focus on identifying tangible solutions that address the underlying causes of imprisonment, says the Change the Record (CTR) Coalition. In welcoming today’s announcement of an Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) inquiry into
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June Riemer, Deputy CEO of FPDN is heading to Edinburgh Scotland to the RI World Conference next week. RI World Congress is staged every four years, in the name of the parent organisation – Rehabilitation International (also known as RI Global) – and hosted by a trusted member. Shaw Trust is hosting the 2016 event in Edinburgh, UK.   This will be the 23rd RI World Congress, following the previous event, held in Incheon, Korea,
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                               MEDIA RELEASE 17 October 2016 ACT NDIS shutdown must be reversed  A number of national and ACT disability representative and advocacy organisations are today calling on the Australian and ACT governments to immediately work together to reverse the shutdown of the NDIS in the ACT. Despite welcome reassurances from Ministers, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has stated that there will be no new NDIS participants in the ACT
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MEDIA RELEASE 5 October 2016 Peak disability group condemns decision to deny Deaf juror equal access Today the High Court of Australia unanimously rejected an appeal from Gaye Lyons, a Queensland women who had been turned down for jury service because she requires as Auslan interpreter to participate in proceedings. “The decision is very disappointing”, says peak national disability group, Disabled Persons Organisations Australia (DPO Australia). “However, we won’t be deterred in our fight to
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On Friday 23 September the UN issued a news release urging Australia to amend the laws that lead to people being detained because of disability. At the release of the report, the CEO of FPDN, Damian Griffis was interviewed by Mark Colvin for ABC Radio National’s PM program. You can listen and read the transcript here.   Australia urged to amend laws that lead to people with mental disabilities being detained indefinitely GENEVA (23 September 2016) –
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It’s Anti Poverty Week this week. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability are often experience multiple barriers leaving them economically and socially excluded. Ensuring that we have a truly inclusive society with access to employment, education and justice is vital. Have a look at our CEO, Damian Griffis’ keynote lecture at the Yabun Festival this year to understand a bit more about this important social justice issue. The Anti Poverty Week website is here.
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FPDN’s Policy and Research Director, Scott Avery is presenting at the ACWA breakfast in Parramatta, Sydney on Tuesday morning. Scott will be talking about access to justice and disability. In April this year FPDN, along with partner organisations, made a submission to the Senate Inquiry on Indefinite Detention: ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PERSPECTIVES ON THE RECURRENT AND INDEFINITE DETENTION OF PEOPLE WITH COGNITIVE AND PSYCHIATRIC IMPAIRMENT The submission is available to the public. You can download
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Today, on the first day of Federal Parliament, FPDN was proud to stand alongside national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership organisations to deliver a strong message to Prime Minister Turnbull, his government and the Parliament: – the relationship with the First Peoples of this nation must be reset. Following on from the historic Redfern Statement in June this year, the national representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, – National Congress of Australia’s
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This week is Brain Injury Awareness Week. At the First Peoples Disability Network we say that meeting the needs of Aboriginal people with disabilities is one of the most critical social justice issues in Australia. It is difficult to think of any more disadvantaged Australians then Aboriginal people with disability. FPDN co-hosted a forum in Redfern with Synapse and we hope to draw attention to the unmet needs of Aboriginal people living with brain injury.
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It’s Brain Injury Awareness Week. FPDN is partnering with Synapse and holding a community event in Redfern on Monday 15 August at 1.30pm. The event is being held at the Redfern Community Centre. Please see flyer below. For more information about brain injury have a look here.   flyer-brain-injury-awareness-2016-1
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The Aboriginal Disability Network NSW (ADNNSW) has merged with First Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDN), as of July 2016.   We are the Aboriginal Disability Network NSW (ADNNSW) is an FPDN project of and for Aboriginal people with disability living in New South Wales. Our major aims are: empowerment and promotion of the rights of Aboriginal people with disability the creation of a society in which Aboriginal people with disability can fully participate. We bring together Aboriginal people with disability,
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Today is the United Nations International Day of World’s Indigenous People “In Australia an Indigenous child with disability is more likely to matriculate into prison than into tertiary education.  Many Indigenous children are falling through the cracks in the education system because they have a disability that goes unrecognised and is therefore not supported.  To get the best learning outcomes for our kids our education system must be culturally and disability inclusive.” Scott Avery Policy and Research
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Aunty Gayle Rankine at the 2013 Democracy and Human Rights Conference
ABC’s 4 Corners program brought national attention to the incarceration and institutionalisation of our young people. The abuse, neglect and torture exposed on 4 Corners is alarming and our thoughts are with the children and their families. Aboriginal people know about long term institutionalisation, we know about despair and we know about justice, or the lack of it. We have heard about the things that go on. We know things go on, but to see
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25 January 2016 First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN) CEO Damian Griffis and Chairperson Aunty Gayle Rankine will give the annual Kevin Cook lecture to open Yabun Festival on Australia Day tomorrow. Yabun Festival is one of the largest celebrations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in the country. Held annually on 26 January on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people at Victoria Park, Camperdown, the festival has a vibrant program of arts, dance,
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Tuesday 15 December 2015 Media reports reveal that promised additional funding to support students with disability has been delayed again and will not begin in 2016. Last week Education Ministers discussed disability funding at the Council of Australian Governments education council meeting, but did not refer to it in the communiqu? [COAG Meeting, 11 December 2015]. Data collection on prevalence of disability in Australian schools has been a long-winded process first initiated several years ago.
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Tuesday 10 November 2015 The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) has raised serious concerns about human rights violations against Aboriginal people with disability during its review of Australia’s human rights record overnight in Geneva. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) allowed member States of the HRC to assess how Australia is tracking against its human rights obligations. The UPR provides a platform for Australian NGOs to update the international community on the human rights situation
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27 August 2015 Today, the Australian Cross Disability Alliance will appear before the Senate Committee inquiring into violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability in institutional and residential settings. The Senate Inquiry process has already revealed many hundreds of horrific stories that testify to the significantly high levels and myriad forms of violence experienced by people with disability in institutional and residential settings. The ‘closed’ nature of these settings, away from public scrutiny, means
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