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Highest level of complaints to Human Rights Commission is on disability discrimination

The Australian Human Rights Commission has confirmed in Senate Estimates that disability discrimination continues to be the highest level of complaints received across the board to the Commission.

“Almost two thirds of complaints received to the commission are either related to employment or goods and services. This percentage is reflected in the disability space, but the numbers are much higher than other cohorts, with no signs of decreasing. This must be urgently addressed”, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“The most recent percentages for complaints about discrimination in employment for people with disability is 35%. Discrimination is a serious barrier to employment that restricts opportunities available to people with disability. This makes it more difficult for people to pursue opportunities and makes secure employment much harder to retain.

“This Government is intent on dropping people off the Disability Support Pension when they must know full well the discrimination that people with disability face in obtaining employment”.

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