Advertising for a disability champion

I’m delighted to announce that the Human Rights Commission is now advertising the position of Disability Commissioner on their website. People with the relevant skills and passion for inclusion can now apply for the role.

I am thrilled that my Bill contributed to this moment, and pleased that the Government has supported the immediate creation of the position even though the appointment will eventually require a change to the Human Rights Act.

The position will be a 0.8 position until the law is changed but it’s great to see the process is underway. No other Commissioner, even with the best of intentions, can speak for the disability community as a part time job.

This is a small step for the one in five people who experience disability at some time in their lives. I continue to support those who call for a whole Disability Commission, and long-term I hope we will get there. In the meantime, however, having a dedicated Commissioner is a great a start.

If the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the New Zealand Disability Strategy are to be realised in practical terms, we need a champion at national level.

The hard working NGOs in the disability sector and the individuals affected by a disabling society have a long list of changes needed, so the new champion is will have a busy job. I am proud to have played a part in the long campaign to get a champion for disability justice appointed.

7 Comments Posted

  1. Ditto with the congratulations Catherine – our current H&D Commission is worked off it’s feet and barely scratching the surface.

    Interesting to see supportive comments above attracting a negative reaction – now who could object to New Zealanders having an Ethical backstop to our Medical Services……?????

  2. Well done Catherine, all those victories add up after a while. You should be proud of making a difference that counts.

  3. Great work, Catherine. I wonder how this will go with the WWG’s call for all benefits to be the same, pegged to the unemployment one?

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