TIME HAS ARRIVED FOR AUSTRALIA TO LISTEN TO STUDENTS WITH DISABILITY

The voices of students with disability and their families will finally be heard today, with a Senate Inquiry hearing in Sydney set to spotlight their experiences and put pressure on the new Prime Minister to finally act where his predecessor did not.

Labor established the Senate Inquiry because we feel that for too long, this incredibly important issue has not been given the prominence it deserves in our national debate. This cannot continue.

Research by Children with Disability Australia revealed as many as one in four children with disability have been denied enrolment, almost one in five only attend school part-time, and 68 per cent of parents believed their children do not receive adequate support at school.

At the same time, the Government has dumped the needs-based Gonski reforms, cut $30 billion from our schools and terminated the $100 million per year More Support for Students with Disabilities program.

Only this week we have seen major progress for people with disability, with the NDIS agreements being signed with Victoria and New South Wales. Now it’s time for Malcolm Turnbull to act and ensure our education system no longer fails children with disability.

We all have a moral responsibility to listen to students with disability and their families. Malcolm Turnbull has a moral responsibility to reverse the Government’s school cuts and ensure the needs of all students are met - including those with disability.

FRIDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER 2015