Blind await judgement on train discrimination

The Federal Magistrates court has ordered Railcorp to pay Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner $10,000 for failing to provide regular and audible announcements on trains.

Commissioner Graeme Innes is blind and took Railcorp to court in a personal capacity alleging the company’s failure to provide appropriate announcements was in breach of federal disability discrimination laws.

Mr Innes alleged there had been 57 breaches of law since he began the case and was claiming $1,000 per breach in compensation.

Railcorp argued that a failure rate of around 15 per cent for announcements did not equate to discrimination.

But this morning the court agreed Mr Innes had been disadvantaged and ruled in his favour — via

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