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MSA welcomes new Commissioners

10 May 2016

We congratulate the Attorney General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC for the appointment of three new Commissioners to the Australian Human Rights Commission, and particularly welcome the reinstatement of a dedicated Disability Discrimination Commissioner.

MSA looks forward to working with all three new Commissioners to progress the rights of people with disability:

  • The Hon Dr Kay Patterson as Age Discrimination Commissioner
  • Mr Edward Santow as Human Rights Commissioner
  • Mr Alistair McEwin as Disability Discrimination Commissioner

Deidre Mackechnie, CEO at MS Australia, said: “This is very welcome news at a time when the national disability landscape is undergoing such significant change with the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. 

"People with MS often experience discrimination because of invisible symptoms such as sight loss, pain, fatigue, sensory problems such as numbness, tingling and pins and needles; balance and mobility difficulties, and bladder issues.  The condition is unpredictable so while one day someone can be fine, the next they may not be able to see properly or move.

A dedicated Disability Discrimination Commissioner is critical not only to address individual cases but promote the  issues and concerns for hundreds of thousands of people living with a disability in Australia.”