Thursday, 24 September 2015


Disappointingly, the Barr government has not supported the Canberra Liberals move to allow AUSLAN interpreters onto the Assembly floor without special permission today, Member for Brindabella Nicole Lawder said today.

“The Barr government chose not to support my motion to allow Auslan interpreters. It’s a simple and logical change to Assembly rules, paving the way for Deaf people to access information from the Assembly. It could have been dealt with today,” Ms Lawder said.

“Instead of supporting this move the government has referred the amendment to standing orders to the Admin and Procedure Committee. I can’t understand why the Barr government wouldn’t want to support information access for Deaf people in Canberra immediately.

“I hope Andrew Barr examines his conscience on this issue. I understand the difficulties Deaf people face in accessing information on a daily basis. Allowing Auslan interpreters into the Assembly would have been a simple move and the government should have supported it today,” Ms Lawder concluded.

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