The disability royal commission heard horrific stories of harm – now we must move towards repair

Mon, 6 Nov 2023 12:29:44 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at]>

Andrew Pam

"The final report of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and
Exploitation of People with Disability follows years of advocacy from the
disability community. It gave voice to people with disability to tell their
stories of violence, so policymakers and broader community would listen and
take action. Segregation emerged as a key driver of violence.

The report makes 222 recommendations to improve laws, policies and practices
for a more just and inclusive society. They include a new disability rights
act, including access to remedies when people experience human rights breaches.

The final report recommends disability service providers offer redress to
people with disability who experience harm while receiving their services. This
could include “apologies, compensation, reimbursement of fees, credits for
services and other practical remedies or supports”.

However, there are no recommendations that governments should also offer
apologies or redress. In addition, a call for governments and disability
services to look back and repair the harm caused by century-long policies of
segregation and institutionalisation is missing from the final report."

       *** Xanni ***
--               Andrew Pam                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu            Partner, Glass Wings               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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