YANQ welcomes the opportunity to discuss much needed legislative reform of eligibility for incorporated associations' management committees. We believe that the removal of discriminatory and arbitrary barriers to participation in society can be the basis for successful rehabilitation of people who have been in prison and can benefit the community more broadly. The suggested reforms give association members greater freedom and responsibility in the management of their organisation. We support a model where all periods of disqualification for people convicted of offences are removed. We support this model because we believe it will be of great benefit to our clients and to the community. It will also benefit our Network as we have been disadvantaged by being unable to use the expertise and experience of persons captured under this legislation, including Network member Debbie Kilroy OAM, who has subsequently received one of the highest accolades provided to Australian citizens.
Part of YANQ's role is to collectively develop and promote policy perspectives that are in favour of the Qld youth sector and young people.
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