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Political Alert - Lead Agencies applaud Government's announcement of Disability Inclusive Development Strategy from 2015

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JOINT RELEASE: CBM AUSTRALIA and AUSTRALIAN DISABILITY AND DEVELOPMENT CONSORTIUM

LEAD AGENCIES APPLAUD GOVERNMENT’S ANNOUNCEMENT OF DISABILITY INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY FROM 2015

For immediate release 4 December 2013

Australia’s global leadership in disability within our foreign aid program will be further strengthened by a new strategy beyond 2015.

The announcement of a new strategy was made yesterday during International Day of People with Disability celebrations at Parliament House, Canberra by Senator Brett Mason, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The announcement was applauded by the international aid and development sector including the Australian Disability and Development Consortium (ADDC), a peak body promoting disability inclusive development and CBM Australia, an international development organisation specializing in disability.

Across the globe, Australia is recognized as leading the way in fighting poverty through including people with disabilities in our aid program.

"More and more, other countries and development players are recognizing the importance of including people with disabilities in all development work, and Australia is being seen as leading the way in this internationally,’ said Sophie Plumridge, Executive Officer of ADDC.

"The current strategy has achieved international acclaim and we applaud the new Government’s strengthened commitment to ensuring Australia’s foreign aid keeps people with disabilities on the development agenda" said Mr Jeffries, National Director of CBM Australia.

"There are over a billion people with disabilities in the world, and over 20 per cent of the world’s poorest people live with disability. Ultimately, this new strategy is about ensuring that our foreign aid is reaching the poorest of the poor and no one is left behind,",

"We welcome the announcement of a new strategy in Disability-Inclusive Development as Australia builds on the success of Development for All 2009-2014 – Australia’s first disability strategy for the foreign Aid program that was developed under the previous Government" said Ms Plumridge

"We look forward to working with the new Government as Australia continues to strengthen its leadership in this area, and ensure people with disabilities are not left behind by the development agenda."

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For media comment:

Chelsea Huggett

Policy Officer, CBM Australia

0431 302 869

Sophie Plumridge

Executive Officer, ADDC

ADDC welcomes bipartisan support for disability inclusive development at International Day of Persons with Disability event at Parliament House yesterday

L to R: Marc Purcell Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Executive Director, Senator Hon Brett Mason, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs; Miss Su Pon Chit, Australian Awards Scholar; Sophie Plumridge Australian Disability and Development Consortium (ADDC) Executive Officer; Ben Clare, Australian Volunteer for International Development (AVID); and Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs

Senator Hon Brett Mason announcing new strategy for disability in Australia’s Foreign Aid program from 2015 at International Day of People with Disability event at Parliament House, Canberra on 3 December 2013