Adam Webster co-authors report on government support for and protection of the rights of disabled people in Australia

Adam Webster has co-authored a research report for Australia's Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. The report investigates the extent and use of the government’s legislative powers that enable it to provide support for and protect the rights of people with disability.

By exploring changing normative approaches over time and the related issues of constitutional authority, the report finds three distinct periods of time in which Australia positively moved to support its disabled citizens. It also addresses cooperative mechanisms involving the Commonwealth of Australia, states and territories regarding persons with disability. The report concludes that there is considerable constitutional scope for the Australian government to expand its existing support for and protection of the rights of persons with disability.

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability was established in April 2019 to address widespread reports of violence against, and the neglect, abuse and exploitation of people with disability. The information gathered by the Commission will inform a final report in 2022 with recommendations on how to improve laws, policies, structures and practices to ensure a more inclusive and just Australian society.