Category: Media releases

MEDIA RELEASE – Human Rights Bill supported as offering welcome protection for vulnerable Queenslanders

Printer friendly version PDF   26 November 2018 For immediate release   Human Rights Bill supported as offering welcome protection for vulnerable Queenslanders   Leading disability advocacy organisation Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) strongly supports the introduction of a Human Rights Act in Queensland. In QAI’s submission, provided to the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee […]

MEDIA RELEASE – Queensland Advocacy welcomes landmark Human Rights legislation tabled in Queensland Parliament today

Printer friendly version Pdf 31 October 2018 For immediate release   Queensland Advocacy welcomes landmark Human Rights legislation tabled in Queensland Parliament today   It is with much excitement that Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) thanks and congratulates the Queensland Government for introducing a Human Rights Bill for Queensland. The announcement by the Queensland Attorney-General, the […]

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MEDIA RELEASE – Queensland Advocacy welcomes Australian Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow to Brisbane to convene the second stage of OPCAT consultations

Printer friendly version (pdf) 13 September 2018  For immediate release Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) is pleased to welcome Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner, Mr Edward Santow, to Brisbane to convene consultations with civil society as part of the second stage of the OPCAT in Australia inquiry. This inquiry, which has been led by the Australian Human […]

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MEDIA RELEASE – QAI renews its call for a Royal Commission into violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability.

Print friendly version (pdf) 17 September 2018 For immediate release Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) welcomes the announcement that the Morrison government will establish a Royal Commission into the aged care sector, following a string of damning reports into violence, abuse and neglect in that sector. QAI considers this an opportune time for the Federal Government […]

Media release – Violence against people with disabilities in their home forum

Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner headlines QAI’s Violence against people with disabilities in their home Forum Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) is thrilled to announce that Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Mr Alastair McEwin, will be the keynote speaker at our Violence against people with disabilities in their home forum on Monday 24th September 2018. Fresh from the […]

Media release – Mental health defence not a free pass

Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI), as a Queensland leader in representing people on involuntary mental health orders, would like to respond to comments in the article entitled ‘Brisbane bus driver’s killer won’t stand trial’ published by the Brisbane Times on 10 August 2018, wherein a member of the legal profession critiqued the laws relating to people […]

Media Release regarding the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (Commonwealth Powers) Bill 2018

Redress Scheme must be inclusive to realise human rights commitments Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) commends the Queensland Government for moving to provide compensation for survivors of child sex abuse, yet warns that the scheme must be inclusive and non-discriminatory if it is to deliver on its human rights commitments and provide a just response to […]

Patient advocacy group calls for sensitivity in reporting on controversial book

MEDIA RELEASE – For the first time, victim and patient advocacy groups have come together in response to the impact that the publication and promotion of a controversial book is having on clients they work with.

Pre-natal screening, testing and choice: Some Misconceptions About Disability

Prenatal screening, testing and choice: Misconceptions about Disability Misconceptions of Disability – prenatal testing and choice Introduction The language of impairment and disability that clinicians use influences the way we talk and think about disability .   Terms like ‘genetic abnormality’, ‘retardation’ and ‘chromosome problem’ are valid in a medical and scientific sense, but they can […]

A disability aware approach to torture prevention? Australian OPCAT ratification and improved protections for people with disability’

Article in the Australian Journal of Human Rights – co-authored with QAI’s Emma Phillips: ‘A disability aware approach to torture prevention? Australian OPCAT ratification and improved protections for people with disability’ https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/8FMNHGjFaeD46hq2jr5K/full