DRC Report on LGBTQ+ People with Disability, Yoorrook Investigates Child Protection and Criminal Justice in Victoria, Respect at Work Bill 2022, DRC Hearing on Guardianship, Substituted and Supported Decision Making

Thursday, 1 December 2022 - 7:00am to 8:30am
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Acknowledgement of Country//




Content warning: please be advised that our discussion includes mention of experiences of abuse, violence and suicidality by people with disability based on their gender identity and/or sexual orientation. 

Associate Professor Adam Bourne, Acting Director of La Trobe University’s Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society caught up with Priya earlier this week to discuss a recently-released report that he co-authored for the Disability Royal Commission which explores issues of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of LGBTQA+ people with disability. 

If you wish to speak with someone about any of the issues mentioned in this interview, you can always call lifeline on 13 11 14. LGBTQIA+ listeners may also wish to contact QLIFE on 1800 184 527 between 3PM and midnight, or visit qlife.org.au. You can also contact the National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline on 1800 880 052. If you are at risk of domestic, family or sexual violence, please call 1800 RESPECT, that’s 1800 737 732. Further resources and support line details are available on Disability Gateway.//


Sue-Anne Hunter is a proud Wurundjeri and Ngurai Illum Wurrung woman and Deputy Chair and Commissioner with the Yoorrook Justice Commission. Sue-Anne is a child and family services practitioner who has focused her career around using culture as a foundation for healing trauma and addressing the impacts of colonisation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families and communities. She joined us today to speak on the Yoorrook Justice Commission's upcoming investigation into the impact of the child protection and criminal justice systems on First Peoples in Victoria. Yoorrook’s public hearings will be livestreamed on the Yoorrook website from December 5.//


Emma Golledge is the Director of Kingsford Legal Centre at UNSW. She joined us today to speak about how leading Community Legal Centres (CLCs) have welcomed the passing of the Government’s Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Bill 2022. This Bill gives legislative effect to key Respect@Work recommendations, including the creation of a positive duty on employers to take reasonable and proportionate measures to eliminate unlawful sex discrimination.


Catherine McAlpine, CEO of Inclusion Australia, joined us to talk about the Disability Royal Commission's recent hearing into guardianship, substituted and supported decision making, which was held from the 21st to the 25th of November. This hearing examined serious concerns regarding how the rights of people with disability to participate in decision making are systematically undermined through the imposition of guardianship or substituted decision making, an issue that Inclusion Australia has consistently advocated against.//




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