Thursday, 2 February 2012

A Fair Go for Disability Sector Workers

Yesterday’s Fair Work Australia decision to award community and disability sector workers a pay rise of between 19 and 41 per cent is a welcome acknowledgement of the value of these Australians, said Dignity for Disability MLC Kelly Vincent. The...

Friday, 23 December 2011

Road Nowhere: Holiday Travel for People with Disabilities

As Australians set off around the country to see family and loved ones, many people with disabilities are being left behind without accessible travel options. Air travel is notoriously difficult for people with disabilities, and finding an accessible hotel or...

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Christies Beach Bus Case

“Today at Christies Beach Court all charges against the bus driver alleged to have abused children with disabilities were dropped. “We don’t have much information on why the charges are no longer being pursued, but this event certainly provides a...

Monday, 19 December 2011

Disability Reform: Waiting till the Cash Cows Come Home

Kelly Vincent today welcomed the Premier’s long overdue announcement regarding disability reform but remains unconvinced of adequate funding allocation to implement restructure of the sector. The Premier and Minister for Disability have provided an initial response, two months after its...

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Why are we Waiting?

Kelly Vincent today in Parliament questioned the Government over its total lack of action on South Australia’s Blueprint for Disability Services Reform. Today is six weeks since the Blueprint’s publication, yet not a single recommendation has been publically adopted by...

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Evidence Act changes welcome

Kelly Vincent welcomes the Attorney-General’s announcement that changes will be made so the Evidence Act is more inclusive of people with disabilities. Ms Vincent has been lobbying for change of the Evidence Act since speaking to South Australians with disabilities...

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

National Disability Award Winners Announced

Kelly Vincent is excited to congratulate the winners of the National Disability Awards which were announced yesterday in Canberra. In the lead up to the International Day of People with Disabilities on December 3, nine individuals and organisations have been...

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Another Inaccessible Christmas

The Government has failed to learn from last year’s Christmas access cabs debacle which left people with disabilities stranded, says Kelly Vincent Dignity for Disability MLC. Already this year people with disabilities are being refused access cab bookings on Christmas...

Monday, 14 November 2011

Keep Community Visitors Independent

Kelly Vincent MLC supports Public Advocate John Brayley in his call to make a Mental Health Community Visitors Scheme independent of the Health Department. “Dr Brayley’s call to remove the Community Visitors scheme from the department which it is supposed...

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Finally: Fair Wages for Important Work

Kelly Vincent MLC welcomes Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s announcement that social sector workers will be awarded a pay rise. The historic decision, which was announced this morning, will mean disability services workers are paid more – bringing them closer to...

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