ALHR supports recommendations in ALRC ‘Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws’ report

November 30, 2014

Australia Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) congratulates the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) on delivering the report, Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws.

Nathan Kennedy, President of ALHR briefly explains that “the Report advocates for a new “Commonwealth decision-making model” that emphasises ‘supporters’ and ‘representatives’ for people with disabilities rather than substituted decision making”.

ALRC have recommended core law reform to re-align Commonwealth laws with international human rights obligations under the Convention for Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on key areas including; access to justice, restrictive practices and electoral matters.

Adoption of the National Decision Making Principles offers an opportunity for Commonwealth laws to consistently apply to people with disabilities exercising capacity in a range of circumstances and offering support for individuals when exercising their capacity.

ALHR strongly encourages the Commonwealth Government to adopt the ALRC’s recommendations and align Commonwealth laws with Australia’s international obligations under the CRPD.

Media Contact: Natalie Wade Co-Convenor, SA Branch, ALHR
M: 0413 174 195 E:

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