Article on Perth Indymedia by Bob du Pont 2006-05-21
I think these taxi drivers deserve a f**n' medal for rejecting the new Federal Human Rights Commissioner and his dog.
Innes has been involved in helping cover up human rights abuses at HealthQuest, the corrupt government medical office in Sydney, for years. He has continually made findings against complainants in various courts and tribunals.
In one case he found against a teacher who had been wrongfully certified 'insane' with 'dementia' when she complained about the assault of children by another teacher.
In another case he rejected a community service worker's complaint, who complained that disabled people in his care had been assaulted by another carer and as a result he, the non-abusive worker, had been sent to HealthQuest and certified as mentally unfit to continue, in order for the government to cover up the abuse that was going on.
How is he going to be Federal Human Rights Commissioner when he can't see the human rights abuses happening in his own state - the Soviet style psychiatry?
How can he be Federal Human Rights Commissioner when he's spent years covering for the N.S.W. government and enabling HealthQuest to continue certifying dissidents insane?
I think the dog would do a better job.
All power to the taxi drivers. Well done.
The article was:
“Blind commissioner refused taxi
“May 21, 2006
“TWO taxi drivers in Perth faced fines for discrimination after refusing to pick up federal human rights commissioner Graeme Innes, who is blind.
“Mr Innes said he and his guide dog had been twice turned away by Perth taxi drivers in recent days and had asked state transport authorities to investigate.
"It's disappointing that two such incidents occur in two days ... as well as being against the law it's unacceptable," Mr Innes said today.”
(AND IT'S F**N' UNACCEPTABLE THE WAY YOU HAVE CONTINUALLY REJECTED HEALTHQUEST COMPLAINANTS IN COURT FOR YEARS TOO INNES - Bob)
Mr Innes is the Human Rights and Disability Discrimination Commissioner for the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission in Sydney, but has been on a visit to Perth.
He says the first incident happened on Friday afternoon when a driver in the city centre told him that it was "too much trouble," to give him a ride.
"He in fact tried to drive off while I still had my head in the window of the cab," Mr Innes said.
The second incident occurred yesterday in the northern Perth suburb of Tuart Hill.
"The guy who turned up said he was allergic to dogs and wouldn't take me," Mr Innes said.
(I'M ALLERGIC TO A FEDERAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSIONER WHO'S KNOWINGLY SUPPORTED CORRUPT BEHAVIOUR OF GOVERNMENT PSYCHIATRISTS, INNES - Bob)
"It's not a huge issue for me, I got another taxi on both occasions but it's disappointing that other people with less profile than I ... have to put up with this sort of behaviour.
"And it's not a problem with the taxi companies, as soon as I contacted them they were very concerned and acted promptly to address it," he said.
"I think it's just an education issue for cab drivers generally and the general public ... (they have to know that) guide dogs and assistance animals are part of our community."
The state Department of Planning and Infrastructure, which regulates taxis in Western Australia, said complaints such as Mr Innes' were unusual.
"This is a specific part of the taxi driver training so drivers are fully aware of it," passenger services general manager Peter Ryan said today.But he said Mr Innes' experience was disappointing."For people who live with vision disabilities life is hard enough anyway," he said. The department says the relevant fine under the WA Taxi Act is $300 but it could increase to $1000 if the drivers contest the complaint in the courts.
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