I have long prioritised inclusion and diversity as key aspects of a thriving Australia.
I have been committed to the objectives of the NDIS, namely ‘to give effect to Australia's obligations under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and to improve the lives of people with disability in Australia’.
We are currently witnessing a breakdown of this objective with participants and prospective participants being failed by the government through lengthy delays and unnecessary administrative hurdles. This is all part of the breakdown of integrity in Government and one of the many reasons we need an independent Administrative Appeals Tribunal, a better funded and transparent Freedom of Information Commissioner and a Federal ICAC with real scope and power. My commitment to helping fix the NDIS encompasses ensuring that Australians with a disability have the support they need to live a full and dignified life.
As a long time advocate of human rights, I have been an advocate for LGBTIQ+ rights and I will stand up for all Canberrans by always consulting with all community members and groups on all issues. My approach to membership and participation is inclusion over exclusion and underpinned by the understanding that all human beings should be treated with dignity and respect.
We must ensure that the specific needs of, and difficulties faced by LGBTIQ+ people are considered in all policies, particularly in areas like mental health and women’s safety.
In a prosperous country like Australia people should not be left without a safe place to sleep. Homelessness is the tragic reality of insecure housing and failed housing policies in Australia. The Government must commit to greater funding for social housing, for emergency shelters and for programs that assist people to get back on their feet. Australia only reaches its full potential when no-one is left behind. It is important to have a nuanced approach which considers the increased risk of homelessness faced by marginalised groups.
A particularly nuanced approach is the Ending Homelessness Model developed by the Centre for Social Impact, which acknowledges the need for adequate funding and resourcing of policies and programs; strong representation, voice, and advocacy; collaborative efficacy and culturally appropriate service delivery; and effective monitoring, target-setting, and research.
I have always been of the view that religious freedom is essential in a liberal democratic society, something I appreciate and affirm as a member of the Jewish community. Indeed, the recent antisemitic attacks on my corflutes remind us of how important that people not be vilified on the basis of their religion. In addition, I am strongly of the view that religion should not be used to discriminate against others in any context.