The Senate has recognised the 21st anniversary of the International Day of Persons with Disability, passing a motion that congratulates winners of the National Disability Awards and acknowledges the need for more to be done to remove barriers to full participation of people with disability.
The motion was co-sponsored by Senators Rachel Siewert, Sue Boyce, Claire Moore and Mitch Fifield.
"The Senate has joined with all Australians to recognise the International Day of Persons with Disability and to congratulate the deserving winners of this year's National Disability Awards," Senator Siewert Australian Greens spokesperson on disability said today.
"This is a great opportunity to acknowledge the important work undertaken by many organisations and individuals in supporting and advocating for people living with disability.
"It is important that the Senate has recognised the ongoing barriers to employment, education and full community participation for people with disability. We need to continue to address these issues to remove inequality and discrimination.
"This year, we recognise International Day of Persons with Disability at a time when the NDIS is in the process of being rolled out at launch sites. This is an exciting development, and I hope ongoing cross-party support for the Scheme will continue, ensuring better support, more choice and more independence for people with disability and their families," Senator Siewert concluded.
That the Senate:
(a) acknowledges that 3 December marks the 21st anniversary of the International Day of Persons with Disability;
(b) congratulates the following winners of the National Disability Awards;
(i) Ms Ann Procter (Duffy, Australian Capital Territory) and Mr John Moxon (Northmead, New South Wales), recipients of the Lesley Hall Award for Lifetime Achievement in Disability,
(ii) Mr Huy Nguyen (Victoria), recipient of the Emerging Leaders Award in Disability,
(iii) Western Desert Dialysis (Alice Springs, Northern Territory), recipient of the Excellence in Accessible Communities Award,
(iv) Penrith City Council (Penrith, New South Wales), recipient of the Excellence in Improving Social Participation Award,
(v) Mr Robert Pask (Bentleigh East, Victoria), recipient of the Excellence in Advocacy and Rights Promotion Award,
(vi) ABLE Employee Action Group and Westpac Group's Diversity and Flexibility Team (National), recipient of the Excellence in Improving Employment Opportunities Award,
(vii) Hear for You (National), recipient of the Excellence in Improving Personal and Community Support Award,
(viii) Down Syndrome Victoria (Fitzroy, Victoria), recipient of the Excellence in Improving Education Outcomes Award,
(ix) Ms Susan Race (St Albans, Victoria), recipient of the Excellence in Improving Health and Wellbeing Outcomes Award,
(x) The Project, Network Ten (Victoria), recipient of the Yooralla Media Award of Distinction, and
(xi) Ms Lesley Hall, recipient of the Prime Minister's Awards for Outstanding Achievement;
(c) joins with all Australians, including those with disability, in celebrating the many advances that have been made to improve the lives of those with disability and their families;
(d) acknowledges the important role that so many organisations and individuals play in supporting and advocating for people living with a disability; and
(e) acknowledges that much remains to be done to remove the barriers to employment, education and full community participation of people with disability.