Making Decisions with a Limited Budget

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Former disability discrimination commissioner Graeme Innes is outraged by Government’s wind farm decision.

Excerpt of Article by Samantha Donovan | ABC News Australia

Australia’s first blind disability discrimination commissioner says the Federal Government has sent the wrong message by proposing the establishment of a wind farms commissioner, a year after axing his former role.

The Government terminated the position of disability discrimination commissioner when lawyer Graeme Innes ended his term last year.

Mr Innes said he was shocked by the Government’s proposal to create a national wind farms commissioner and said it showed where Australians with disabilities fell in the “pecking order”.

“I felt pretty hurt and pretty upset, because the message that it sent to me is the Government thinks a wind farm watchdog is more important than a disability guide dog,” he said.

“And I think that that’s not a message that would be very acceptable to the 20 per cent of people in the community … who have a disability.”



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  1. What about the discrimination against the people who are mentally ill?They live in discrimination.BLIND PEOPLE ARE GETTING THE SHARE OF THE MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE ALSO.So I think the decision was correct.Well done.

    1. Ramesh, I am not certain, but I believe the decision is a bad thing for all people with disability, whether the disability is physical, cognitive, traumatic, or a-traumatic. ~ Scott

  2. Good grief. Too bad his position was axed, because it seems someone with Mr. Inness’ combination of blindness AND apparent intellectual disability would make him doubly qualified.

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