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Disability groups call for conflicting commissioners to step down

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Disability groups are demanding two commissioners for the newly announced disability royal commission step down for the “good of people with disability”.

In a joint statement, the Australian Federation of Disabilities Australia (AFDO), Disabled People’s Organisations Australia, and Disability Advocacy Network Australia called for John Ryan and Barbara Bennett to step down over conflicts of interest, that the groups say will severely hinder the effectiveness of the inquiry.   

Concerns were raised over Ryan’s senior role at the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, and Bennett’s role as deputy secretary of the families and communities branch of the Department of Social Services – two departments likely to come under significant scrutiny during the royal commission.

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Source:
Maggie Coggan, 2019, Probono Australia (https://probonoaustralia.com.au/)

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