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NDIS watchdog failing to protect disabled people

Australian Greens Disability Rights and Services spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has labelled reports that the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission has fined just one provider, despite receiving more than 8000 complaints, as deeply concerning but not surprising.

"As a disabled person, as a disability advocate, it speaks to the systemic and endemic nature of the violence and abuse we have been screaming about for decades, and the abject failure of the commission to act.

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Budget statement: School education

Penny Wright 13 May 2015

Statement from Senator Penny Wright, Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools:

"This government is trying to use tricky accounting to hide their broken promises on school funding and disability loadings," Senator Wright said.

"The Abbott Government promised a full disability loading this year - but instead they are continuing with a completely inadequate model which has left 100,000 students with a disability without any educational support at all.

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Access All Areas App - Greens open new front in push for greater disability access

The Australian Greens have developed and launched a smartphone app that will allow people with disability, family, friends and the community to report accessibility trouble spots from anywhere around the country.

"The Greens have created this app to provide people with a simple method for reporting accessibility trouble spots with their phone whenever they experience them," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on disability services, said today.

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