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Government under mounting pressure over disability royal commission appointees

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The Morrison government is standing by its appointees to the disability royal commission, despite Labor pledging to review two of the commissioners over conflicts of interest.

Pressure is mounting on John Ryan and Barbara Bennett to step down from the commission over their previous roles in departments likely to come under significant scrutiny during the inquiry.

Almost 1,500 people from more than 110 organisations have signed a petitioncalling on Ryan and Bennett to step down to protect the integrity of the commission, and Labor this week said it would address these concerns if elected.

Labor MP Linda Burney and Senator Carol Brown said in a joint statement it took the views of people with disability and disability advocates very seriously.

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

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