South Australian government responds to several proposed adverse conclusions


The Royal Commission on Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of Persons with Disabilities will hold an additional day of Public hearing 14 Thursday 30e September 2021 from 10:00 a.m. (AEST).

During the hearing, Counsel Assisting, Kate Eastman AM SC, will present proposed findings that may be considered by the Royal Commission in relation to two case studies reviewed in June 2021. Both cases detailed recent experiences of people with disabilities using the accompanied accommodation services provided. by the South Australian Department of Social Services.

Several of the proposed conclusions are against the South Australian Government’s Department of Social Services.

In the second part of Public hearing 14 the Royal Commission considered two important reports which investigated the appalling circumstances surrounding the death of Adelaide’s wife, Ann Marie Smith. Its review examined how the governments of South Australia and the Commonwealth, including the National Disability Insurance Agency and the National Disability Insurance Scheme Quality and Safeguards Commission, have responded to these previous reports and their recommendations.

Senior Counsel Assisting identified a number of key issues and general themes from the evidence presented at the public hearing 14, however, it does not seek specific conclusions or offer recommendations on the functions, powers and duties. policies of the National Invalidity Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Quality and Safeguards Commission (NDIS Commission) or the National Invalidity Insurance Agency (NDIA). The Royal Commission will continue to examine the NDIS Commission and NDIA in other public hearings and in other areas of its work.

At the hearing of 30e In September, it is expected that the legal representative of the government of South Australia will accept some of the proposed adverse outcomes, but not all, and argue that some proposed adverse outcomes should be revised.

No witnesses will be present at this hearing and no other evidence will be presented.

Counsel Assisting has already made detailed written submissions to the Royal Commission on the evidence presented at the June hearing. Anne Gale, Karen Rogers, witnesses named “Victoria and James”, the Government of South Australia and the Commonwealth provided their written submissions in response. Writing Lawyer assistance quotes and Responses to submissions relating to legal assistance made by the parties authorized to appear are available on the website of the Royal Commission website.

President Ronald Sackville AO QC will chair the hearing and will be joined by Commissioner Alastair McEwin AM and Commissioner Barbara Bennett PSM.

Senior Counsel assisting the Royal Commission, Kate Eastman AM SC, will appear with Ms. Elizabeth Bennett.

This additional 14-day public hearing will be closed to the public due to COVID-19, but will be streamed live on the Royal Commission website and will include live captions and Auslan-English interpreters.

Information on the public hearing 14 held in May is available on our website.

You can watch the live stream online at the Royal Commission on Disabled Persons website.

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