Senator Carol Brown will speak about the future of Disability Employment Services following the reforms enacted in July this year. She will outline the Labor view on the future of disability employment, how we will work to foster inclusiveness in the labour market and what challenges are anticipated in doing this.
Specifically, Senator Brown will examine the significant disparity in workforce participation rates between people with disability people without, and discuss the work that needs to be done to change the attitudes of employers and generate a more inclusive labour market.
Senator Carol Brown
Labor Senator for Tasmania, Shadow Minister for Disability and Carers
Australian Labor Party
Carol’s driving principle is the pursuit of equality and fairness. Her passion and commitment to see all people treated with equity, tolerance and respect is driven by her life experiences and these strong values. She has been a lifelong advocate for equality and fairness and proud representative of Tasmania since joining the Senate in 2005.
Her involvement with the Labor movement began at an early age when she joined the party at the age of 20 determined to fight for the core values of greater equality, equal access to employment, education, health and other community services. Carol is passionate about improving the way we care for older Australians and those with a disability, providing equal opportunities for all in our community regardless of their background, promoting initiatives that lead to a more inclusive society and fighting against discrimination. She has been a strong advocate for many years for marriage equality, women’s reproductive health and worker’s rights.
Carol has been Shadow Minister for Disability and Carers since July 2016. Carol lives in Hobart with her partner and their daughter and son.