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National people with disability organisations have embraced the appointment of the new Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Alastair McEwin.

Disability Australia congratulates the Attorney General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC for the appointment of a dedicated Disability Discrimination Commissioner.

‘We welcome the new Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Alastair McEwin’, said Matthew Wright, CEO of AFDO and spokesperson for Disability Australia.

‘Alastair is one of us, he is a person with a lived experience of a disability (deaf) who is well regarded and from our communities’.

‘We know that he has an extensive advocacy background, appreciates the diverse challenges we face and will act in the interests of all people with a disability.’ said Mr Wright.

Alastair served on the Board of Deaf Australia; is the President of the Deaf Society of NSW; Chairman of the Disability Council of NSW; is the current Executive Director of Community Legal Centres (NSW); is the former CEO of People with Disability Australia and was the former Manager of the Australian Centre for Disability Law.

We still have a long way to go in realising the human rights of all people with disabilities and it is great that the government have appointed a full time Disability Discrimination Commissioner with a lived experience to realise equity for all people with disability.

‘This is a good appointment by the government, a good appointment for people with disability and our organisations look forward to supporting Alastair in his new role in any way we can’.

Please direct all media enquiries to Mr Matthew Wright on 0428 608 861. 

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