A Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability is set to go ahead no matter who wins the federal poll, with both the government and opposition backing it. This is something we in the community sector have been calling for.

“This will be an uncomfortable process for many, especially those directly affected. However, taking abuses and exploitation out of the shadows must happen, no matter how painful the process,” said Wellways CEO Elizabeth Crowther.

Public consultation on the inquiry’s Terms of Reference is open until March 28. Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher, said those terms “must clearly place people with disability at the centre”.

“That is why it is now very important that we take the opportunity to consult more broadly with people with disability, their families and carers, and other stakeholders,” Mr Fletcher said.

The consultation process is an opportunity for people to have their say on the scope of a Royal Commission.

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