Feedback on the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement: Proposal to Include Minimum Accessibility Standards for Housing in the NCC
Report by Dr Grace Bitner, Prof. Elizabeth Kendall, Alison McDonald and Izak Hollins
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Our feedback seeks to highlight and challenge the underlying premise that decisions surrounding the provision of basic human rights can be made primarily based on economic rationales. While the following submission highlights a number of ways in which the calculations and modelling contained in this document can be seen to be flawed, in no way should they detract from the larger human rights issues at stake here, specifically that:
Persons with disabilities have the opportunity to choose their place of residence and where and
with whom they live on an equal basis with others and are not obliged to live in a particular living
arrangement” (United Nations, 2007, Article 19a)
In this feedback, The Hopkins Centre (THC) aims to highlight key issues and provide perspectives that have been less widely discussed. The feedback is structured in 3 areas:
1. Costing models;
2. Non-regulatory approaches; and
3. Changing nature of public and private spaces.
The Hopkins Centre has had 25 years’ experience in disability research and leads a Positive Environments Research Program for the Motor Accident Insurance Commission in Queensland. This housing and environment research program engages citizen and industry researchers from across the State. Our people are available to consult and provide knowledge that can assist this process further.
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