The experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians must be at the forefront of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.
The royal commission will give people with disabilities an opportunity to share their experiences. But it needs to ensure they're supported and have the same access to services as others do.
People with disability face a number of barriers to justice, not least that crimes against them are often seen as less serious. This needs to stop.
There are systemic problems with the way mainstream schooling treats students with disabilities. A Royal Commission would shed light on these issues and give us a way forward to a more equal future.
The result will be a major fillip to government MPs, who are hoping the revival of the boats issue will swing public opinion in the Coalition's direct.