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Disability advocates urge Commission to convene emergency hearing into Omicron crisis

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The board of Australia’s peak disability rights and advocacy organisation is calling on the Disability Royal Commission (DRC) to launch an emergency public hearing into the impact of the COVID-19 Omicron crisis on persons with disabilities.

Board members of People With Disability Australia have written an open letter to DRC Chair The Hon. Ronald Sackville urging him to convene a hearing into “the failure of Australian governments and responsible parties to adequately keep people with disability safe during the COVID-19 pandemic and specifically during the Omicron wave.”

“The number of people with disability who have been lost to COVID-19 and preventable death is steadily increasing and we fear that the situation will worsen without urgent measures”, according to the letter.

To read the text of the letter, go to https://pwd.org.au

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