Hayden Moon and Wilson Huang
Regulations change motions
We submitted two motions for the SRC meeting in April. The first was for the formation of an autonomous edition of Honi Soit for disabled students. The second was to amend the affirmative action provisions to match the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and to remove Carers from our position title. We thank the SRC for carrying both motions.
As both Disabilities Officers are queer, we are committed to intersectional activism. For example, Hayden spoke at the Women’s Collective rally for abortion rights and drew attention to the need for all people with uteruses to be able to access abortion including those with disabilities and those of trans status. Additionally, Hayden was a main organiser of the Transgender Day of Visibility as a founding member of Trans Action Warrang. He ensured that people with disabilities were included in this action and that the rally was as accessible as possible – he also drew attention to the issues faced by disabled transgender people in Australia.
Permanent residency visa health requirements
We are pleased to hear that Kinley Wangchuck and his family have been granted permanent residency after ministerial intervention. However, Kinley and his family are not the only to be negatively affected by the visa health requirements. We ask the government to review these health requirements to ensure they are not discriminatory against disabled people simply because they have a disability. A Medical Officer of the Commonwealth in its advice cannot consider personal circumstances (bar medical situation) such as whether applicants will use private health insurance or if they have enough money for the treatment they require. (See https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/meeting-our-requirements/health and Schedule 4 of the Migration Regulations 1994.)
Federal election 2019
The federal election will be held on 18 May. We ask everyone to vote for candidates that will commit to the inclusion and rights of all disabled people as well as other minorities. If you need any assistance voting, please visit: https://www.aec.gov.au/assistance/
Joining the Disabilities collective
As always we welcome new members who have disabilities into our collective even if they don’t identify as disabled or as having a disability. Sign up at https://www.facebook.com/groups/USydDisabilities2018/.