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Why there are calls for employment and advertising quotas for the disabled

Tom Elliott
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A former disability discrimination commissioner says Australia needs to introduce employment quotas for those who are disabled.

Graeme Innes AM told Tom Elliott it was the only thing that would work when it comes to inclusion.

“We have been employed at a rate 30 per cent less than the general population, so 52 or 52 per cent, and that has not changed for three decades,” he said.

And he also wants disabled Australians to be better represented on television.

It’s estimated up to 18 per cent of Australians have some form of disability.

“This has been called for many years and just isn’t happening,” he said.

“Screen Australia did some research in 2014 that found people with disabilities only make up four per cent of the people who appear on our screens.”

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