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AUSLAN signers are an important part of getting health messages to all Australians.

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) have said this morning that they are significantly concerned about the press conferences held by the NSW Government on October 10 and 11 (both held in pubs) which did not have Auslan interpreters visible to viewers.

Where are signers Mr Perrottet?

Natalie Wade, Vice President and Disability Rights Subcommittee Chair said Article 21 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) enshrines the human right for the provision of information intended for the general public to be in accessible formats, including through the use of sign language.

‘Press conferences regarding COVID-19 are a fundamental source of information to the public to know the latest in an ever-shifting environment. Failure to provide this information in an accessible manner, in real-time, violates the human rights of people with
disability and places them at great risk.’

Sign language is a way to include everyone. Photo Tree Faerie

ALHR has written to Premier Perrottet stating their concern regarding the press conferences.

‘The NSW Government has an obligation to protect the rights of people with disability’, said Ms Wade. ‘They must provide Auslan interpreters for all COVID-19 press conferences.’


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  1. Don’t you know that the restrictions seem to affect only middle aged, white Anglo Saxon males going on the news conferences currently held. It’s how the government is running things, very Trumpian.

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