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Disability advocates say ‘time is up’ for royal commission appointees

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A campaign to remove two disability royal commissioners over alleged conflicts of interest has won Senate support, placing further pressure on the government to take action.  

The Greens’ non-binding motion calling for the government to remove Barbara Bennett and John Ryan from the disability royal commission passed on Thursday with support from Labor, Centre Alliance, One Nation and Jacqui Lambie.

Ryan and Bennett have faced criticism since their appointment as commissioners over their previous roles in departments likely to come under significant scrutiny during the inquiry into abuse of people with disability in all settings.

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Source:
Luke Michael, 2019, Probono Australia (https://probonoaustralia.com.au/)

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