ACOSS pays tribute to Graeme Innes’ contribution as Disability Discrimination Commissioner

ACOSS pays tribute today to Disability Discrimination Commissioner Mr Graeme Innes AM for his important contribution to human rights in Australia, as he leaves the role that he has held since 2005.

“Mr Innes has made an important and valuable contribution to the recognition of human rights in Australia for those living with disability. He has showed great leadership in important initiatives to improve the lives of people with disability, including the drafting of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the development of the National Disability Insurance Scheme,” said Dr Cassandra Goldie, ACOSS CEO.

As Commissioner, he has also made a significant contribution to improving employment opportunities for people with a disability. He has challenged the business sector, government and the broader community to work together to remove barriers to employment for people with disabilities.

“He has brought to the role not only decades of experience as a lawyer and human rights advocate, but also the experience of living with disability and a personal insight in to the barriers and discrimination that all too often affect those living with disability”, said Dr Goldie.

“Mr Innes has demonstrated by example the enormous contribution people with disability have to make to public life and our community. He, and the role of a dedicated full-time Disability Discrimination Commissioner, will be missed.”

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