The Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP, Federal Deputy Labor leader and shadow Minister for Education, has joined advocate and organisations such as All Means All in calling for a Royal Commission into the treatment of students with disability in Australian schools and other educational settings.
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A Chance for Significant Cultural Change – Federal Labor’s Call for a Royal Commission on Treatment of Students with Disability
By Catia Malaquias
The federal Deputy Labor leader and shadow Minister for Education, the Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP, has called for a Royal Commission into the “very wide-spread problem” of the treatment of students with disability in Australian schools and other educational settings.
“I’ve heard from so many parents and so many young people who have experienced abuse in schools or in educational settings that inevitably I’ve come to understand this is a very widespread problem.”
“Royal Commissions give an opportunity for people who have been voiceless or too frightened to have their stories heard. The second thing you hope for is systemic changes that prevent further abuse and the third thing is for people to know they are believed when they disclose.”