ASSEMBLY MOVES TO IMPROVE ACCESS FOR DEAF CANBERRANS

After the Barr government failed to support Auslan interpreter access to the Legislative Assembly last month, changes have now been passed to allow interpreters onto the Assembly floor without special permission, Member for Brindabella Nicole Lawder said today.

“In September I moved an amendment to the Assembly’s standing orders to allow Auslan interpreters onto the floor of the Assembly when it is sitting. Disappointingly, the Barr government did not support my motion, but voted to refer it to the Assembly’s Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure for consideration. Despite the delay, I am pleased that the Committee supported the change and that the Assembly has now approved it,” Ms Lawder said.

“It’s critical that we achieve better access for Deaf people in our community. I employ a young Deaf woman in my office. There are many communication barriers faced by Deaf people in our community on a daily basis. It is essential that we, as elected representatives, lead by example.

“I want to work to continue to break down the barriers faced by Deaf people in Canberra’s community and am proud the Canberra Liberals and subsequently the Assembly has lead the way,” Ms Lawder concluded.