Close the gap between Australians with intellectual disability and those without

The Hon. K.L. VINCENT: Today, I would like to talk about a Dignity Party campaign to Close the Gap. Not the close the gap you may associate with the closing of the average age of death gap between indigenous and...

World Toilet Day

The Hon. K.L. VINCENT: Saturday 19 November is World Toilet Day. The United Nations established World Toilet Day to highlight that access to improved sanitation is fundamental to ensuring the dignity, safety and equality of everyone in our communities. Changing...

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

The Hon. K.L. VINCENT: The prevalence of environmental sensitivities is still largely unknown in Australia. ANRES, the Australian National Register of Environmental Sensitivities, has been put together by a small group of committed individuals in a bid to raise awareness...

Faecal Microbiota Transplant Service

The Hon. K.L. VINCENT: Today I would like to talk about Dr Sam Costello and the Faecal Microbiota Transplantation Service, or stool bank, which is based at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The service is currently being used to treat patients with recurrent...

Voting Accessibility

The Hon. K.L. VINCENT: While Dignity for Disability is not running in the federal election, we certainly have plenty to say about this national poll. Firstly, we believe that people with disabilities have the same right to access voting, and...

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

The Hon. K.L. VINCENT: Last year, a House of Representatives standing committee conducted an inquiry into the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The committee tabled its report on 25 June last year. The aspect...

Prison as the New Shelter

The Hon. K.L. VINCENT: It has come to the attention of Dignity for Disability that the corrections system in this state continues to be used as a stopgap accommodation measure for people with disability, particularly for people with intellectual disability...

No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability

The Hon. K.L. VINCENT: As members would be aware, I have been very proud to be the patron—although I personally prefer the more gender-neutral term ‘ambassador’—of No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability for some years now, from 2011 I think....

United Nations Human Rights Council

The Hon. K.L. VINCENT: Australia is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disability, and has also signed up to the optional protocol. This is why it is very disappointing to learn, via the...

Disability Awareness

The Hon. K.L. VINCENT: A couple of events in the past few days that have been reported and discussed in the national media mean that I need to come here today and talk about disability and disability awareness in the...