Protect Our Royal Commission

Protect Our Royal Commission

We are calling for Prime Minister the Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Attorney General the Hon. Christian Porter, MP, and Minister for Families and Social Services the Hon. Paul Fletcher, MP, to reconsider the appointment of the Hon. John Ryan AM and Ms Barbara Bennett PSM as Commissioners. We ask that Mr Ryan and Ms Bennett step down from the recently announced Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, and for strong provisions to be put in place for all Commissioners about real, perceived and potential conflicts of interest.

We want to make sure that our ...

We are calling for Prime Minister the Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Attorney General the Hon. Christian Porter, MP, and Minister for Families and Social Services the Hon. Paul Fletcher, MP, to reconsider the appointment of the Hon. John Ryan AM and Ms Barbara Bennett PSM as Commissioners. We ask that Mr Ryan and Ms Bennett step down from the recently announced Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, and for strong provisions to be put in place for all Commissioners about real, perceived and potential conflicts of interest.

We want to make sure that our Royal Commission is trusted by people with disability from across Australia, as a safe place we can tell our stories. Our concern is that two of the proposed Commissioners have very recent, extensive and significant backgrounds working for the very institutions that will be examined by the Royal Commission – state and federal public services – which is a direct and strong conflict of interest.

In addition, we want all Commissioners to fully address any and all potential, perceived or actual conflicts of interests, and be willing to step aside from hearings that involve their conflicts of interest.

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Add your name to our call for Prime Minister the Hon. Scott Morrison MP to ask the Hon. John Ryan AM and Ms Barbara Bennett PSM, to step down to protect the integrity of the Commission, and for all Commissioners to fully address any potential, perceived or real conflicts of interests.

Dear Prime Minister, Attorney General and Minister for Families and Social Services,

People with disability, and our organisations and supporters, call for Prime Minister Scott Morrison to reconsider the appointment of the Hon. John Ryan AM and Ms Barbara Bennett PSM as Commissioners for our Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, due to the real, perceived and potential conflicts of interest arising from their past roles.

We need to have complete confidence that our Royal Commission is a place where we can give evidence safely. People with disability must be able to tell our stories to Commissioners, knowing that we can seek and receive justice from them and the body they represent. We need to feel safe in telling our stories, some of which involve the public institutions and bureaucracies that have been responsible for violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

We understand that the Hon. John Ryan AM and Ms Barbara Bennett PSM are respected public servants who sought to make a positive contribution to ending abuse and violence through this Royal Commission. However, we believe this work would be best served if they acknowledged their real, potential or perceived conflicts of interest and step aside. We call upon them to do this today in the best interests of people with disability, and the integrity of our Royal Commission.

In addition, we want all Commissioners to fully address any real, potential or perceived conflicts of interests.