On ABC Four Corners tonight is an episode called The Jobs Game, on the big business that is the welfare-to-work industry.
We’ve covered similar stories such as the SBS Insight Jobs and Disability special and there’s ample anecdotal stories about the joys of applying for jobs in a wheelchair, as well as less than stellar service from some disability employment service providers.
It begs the question, are job-seekers simply being used? Four Corners thinks yes, they are.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses for Child Sexual Abuse (aka the Royal Commission) was called by the Prime Minister at the end of 2012. It was set up to find out why child sex abuse happens in institutions, what the problems are with how institutions respond to child sex abuse, and how to change institutions to stop child sex abuse from happening.
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) has been funded by the Department of Social Services to support the work of the Royal Commission.
December 3rd (tomorrow) is the International Day of People with Disability.
The Australian International Day of People with Disability (or IDPwD for short) website describes the day as thus:
IDPwD is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.
The Australian Government has been supporting IDPwD since 1996 and provides funds to promote and raise awareness of the day around Australia.
At QSSS, we’ve previously banged on a lot about the implications of the federal 2014 budget. So much so that you’re probably sick of it. Thankfully some of the harshest measures have remained in Senate deadlock.
However, don’t relax just yet. A compromise measure negotiated with the opposition has seen $4 Billion in budget savings passed yesterday. While the ALP claimed this result is a humiliating retreat for the government – it still include measures targeting young people with a disability. For both major parties it seems people with disability are merely collateral damage in this budget battle.
The NDIS recently had its first birthday and so far has had mixed reviews. That’s to be expected with such a massive scheme – some people will be happy while some will not. While we hope there’s plenty of the former, Dale Mulligan of Newcastle NSW, is definitely of the latter. The Australian reports he’s taking his rejection to the Administrative Appeals tribunal with the backing of Legal Aid NSW. That’s right, people are already “lawyering up” to contest rejected NDIS applications.
In early July we noted the PINwise campaign and expressed some quiet concern about the rush and implementation of the scheme. In particular, there seemed to be a haphazard and inconsistent approach from financial institutions regarding keeping signature-allowed cards for people unable to use PINs.
Last Friday numerous disability peak bodies issued a joint-media release also expressing their concern. They are: the Council on the Ageing NSW (COTA NSW), Physical Disability Council of NSW (PDCN), People with Disability Australia (PWDA) and the National Network of Adult and Adolescent Children with a Mentally Ill Parent (NNAAMI).
(Say those acronyms five times!)
Spare a thought for poor Craig Wallace, President of People With Disability Australia. I’d hate to have his job, particularly right now. It currently seems his main task is to go out each week and clean up whatever mess the tabloid media, like a cute-yet-dopey lactose-intolerant puppy, has crapped all over his doorstep.
PWDA president Craig Wallace once again having to debunk tabloid welfare hysteria
Graeme Innes finishes his position as Disability Discrimination Commissioner tomorrow, to be replaced by, well, nobody…
In his final week he has kept very busy. He has some parting observations that are as succinct as they are brilliantly and eloquently expressed.
Any news-following person with a disability must cringe every time the Disability Support Pension is mentioned in the mainstream media. Sadly today is no exception.
The Brisbane Times (amongst many others) states the first report of the McClure review was officially released today, suggesting the current system could be streamlined from 75 different payments to just four.