MEDIA RELEASE: MORRISON SHAMED INTO FUNDING ROYAL COMMISSION

MORRISON SHAMED INTO FUNDING ROYAL COMMISSION

Labor is pleased the government will fully fund the Royal Commission into the Violence, Abuse and Neglect of People with Disability – this is a positive step.
 
Labor has been calling for this Royal Commission since May 2017, and committed to a model which is funded by the Commonwealth; broad-based in its scope; and done with proper consultation with people with disability.
 
As always, the government has made a mess of this process.
Just this morning, the Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher said he was unsure about how the royal commission would be funded by the Commonwealth.
 
"As yet, funding issues have not been resolved between the Commonwealth and the states and territories”
 
[Paul Fletcher, Minister for Families and Social Services]
 
And yet, an hour later the Prime Minister said the Commonwealth would fully fund the royal commission.
 
The Government opposed the banking royal commission; it did its utmost to obstruct the royal commission for people with disability; and refused to fully fund the royal commission until now, causing significant uncertainty.
 
We have concerns about the time allocated for consultation. People with disability need to be properly consulted.
 
It shouldn’t have been this hard for the government to do the right thing.