A Bill recognising the “unique and special place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples” has been passed by the House of Representatives.
The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has announced the names of six Commissioners and the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The Royal Commission will be led by Justice Peter McClellan, currently Chief Judge at Common Law of the Supreme Court of NSW.
He will be assisted by the former Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson; Justice Jennifer Coate, the Victorian Coroner; Robert Fitzgerald, a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission; Professor Helen Milroy, a consultatn psychiatrist; and Andrew Murray, former Democrats Senator.
The Royal Commission will not examine child sexual abuse in families.
Gillard was joined by Attorney-General Nicola Roxon and Families Minister Jenny Macklin at her press conference.
- Listen to Gillard, Macklin & Roxon announce the details of the Royal Commission (43m)
- Listen to reaction from Hetty Johnson of Bravehearts (12m)
- Royal Commission Terms of Reference (PDF) – see below
- An explanation of the Terms of Reference (PDF)
- Website of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Statement by Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Government Formally Establishes Royal Commission
On my advice, today the Governor-General has appointed a six member Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Child sexual abuse is an evil crime.
Anyone who has ever suffered child abuse deserves to have their voices heard and their claims investigated.
The Royal Commission will inquire into how institutions with a responsibility for children have managed and responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse and related matters.
It will investigate where systems have failed to protect children, and make recommendations on how to improve laws, policies and practices to prevent and better respond to child sexual abuse in institutions. [Read more...]
The Federal and New South Wales governments have reached an agreement that will allow for the full roll out of a National Disability Insurance Scheme in NSW by July 2018.
Speaking at a joint press conference today, Prime Minister Gillard and Premier Barry O’Farrell announced that the Commonwealth will provide $3.2 billion in 2018, 51.4% of the funding needed. NSW will provide $3.32 billion.
The agreement will provide care to around 140,000 NSW residents with significant disability.
- Listen to the Gillard-O’Farrell press conference (18m)
Text of a media release from Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Agreement For Full Roll Out Of National Disability Insurance Scheme In NSW By July 2018
The Australian and New South Wales governments have today reached an historic agreement that will allow for the full roll out of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in New South Wales by July 2018.
The agreement will provide care and support to around 140,000 NSW residents with significant disability, and provide coverage in the event of disability to around one third of the Australian population.
It will provide peace of mind to people with a disability, their families and carers, and to the Australians who will unexpectedly face misfortune in the future.
It will give people with disability choice and control over the care and support they receive, rather than exposing them to the cruel lottery that currently exists, where care depends on a range of unpredictable factors.
Under the agreement reached today:
- The Commonwealth will provide funding of $3.32 billion in 2018 – 51.4 per cent of the funding needed. This will cover the administration of the scheme and contribute to the cost of individual care and support packages and other supports for people with disability, their carers and their families.
- New South Wales will provide more than $3.13 billion in 2018 – 48.6 per cent of the funding needed. This will contribute to the cost of individual packages and other supports for people with disability, their carers and their families.
- The full scheme costs will be reviewed by the Productivity Commission in 2018-19 to inform COAG agreement on final scheme funding arrangements.
Today’s agreement builds on the agreement to launch in the Hunter region of NSW from the middle of next-year. Other eligible New South Wales residents will start entering the scheme in 2016, and by July 2018, all eligible residents will be covered by the NDIS. [Read more...]
The Commonwealth and NSW governments have reached agreement for a trial of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the Hunter region next year.
The decision was announced today by the Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin, and her counterpart, the NSW Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance.
The Hunter trial arises out of the backdown by the NSW and Victorian governments last week.
The announcement today was overshadowed by the media’s coverage of Acting Prime Minister Wayne Swan’s speech on Bruce Springsteen and Labor values.
- Listen to Wayne Swan and Jenny Macklin announce the NDIS Hunter trial (12m)
Joint media release from the federal Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin, and the NSW Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance.
Launching a National Disability Insurance Scheme in the Hunter
People with significant and profound disabilities in the Hunter region of NSW are set to benefit from a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) next year, after the Australian and NSW Governments today reached an agreement on arrangements for the Hunter launch site.
From next year about 10,000 people with significant and profound disabilities, their families and carers in the Hunter will have their needs assessed and will start to receive individual care and support packages. [Read more...]
Julia Gillard’s leadership is under persistent media questioning, just three months after her crushing defeat of Kevin Rudd in a caucus ballot.
Appearing in Canberra today to promote carbon pricing compensation and assistance for pensioners, Gillard faced media questions about her leadership in the light of reports that the government Whip, Joel Fitzgibbon, is promoting a leadership change to Kevin Rudd.
She was also questioned about Cabinet divisions over immigrant workers for the mining industry. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has announced a scheme of Enterprise Migration Agreements for a Gina Hancock mining project. The scheme has been attacked by union officials such as Paul Howes who has been dealing with retrenchments in the aluminium and manufacturing industries.
The leadership questions came at the end of a week dominated by Craig Thomson’s statement to the House of Representatives on Monday and his plea to the media that “enough is enough” on Thursday.
Parliament meets again this week in an atmosphere of despair for the Labor caucus.
- Listen to Gillard and Macklin:
Transcript of Julia Gillard and Jenny Macklin media conference in Canberra.
Gillard: A big, big thank you to Gesima for having us here today. I’m joined by Jenny Macklin and also by Andrew Leigh, the Member for Fraser, and we have been able to talk this morning over a cup of tea about how difficult it can be for pensioners to make ends meet.
We are here today talking to people about how they can make ends meet and some new assistance that’s coming to help Australian pensioners. From tomorrow, pensioners will see more money in their bank accounts. 3.2 million pensioners will see more money arrive in their bank accounts over coming weeks. [Read more...]