Blind academic calls for Royal Commission into abuse of people with disabilities

23 May 2017

A legally blind academic from The University of Queensland has thrown his full support behind a petition demanding Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull launch an immediate Royal Commission into the abuse of disabled people.

Dr Paul Harpur, a senior lecturer at UQ’s TC Beirne School of Law and former Paralympian said the abuse of people suffering physical and mental disabilities was a national crisis that warranted the far-reaching powers and independence of a Royal Commission.

“It is a very serious issue that is reaching into all areas of disability care in institutions like hospitals, aged-care homes and even into people’s home where disabled people are becoming victims of horrendous domestic violence and abuse,” Dr Harpur said.