Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia (A4) has a policy that addresses the conduct of politicians, officials and agencies that choose to ignore questions and issues affecting autistic people and people living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

A4 interprets failure/refusal to answer fully, or misinterprets, a question to be deliberate avoidance of the question (or part thereof). A4 will interpret those acts as deliberate avoidance of the question which means an honest/accurate answer is the worst possible response; it would reflect most negatively on the person or organisation.

A4's policy follows (or can be downloaded below).

Policy on unanswered questions and concerns

Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia, known as A4, is a national grassroots organisation advocating for autistic people and people living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A4 has a full program of systemic advocacy aimed at improving outcomes for autistic people and people living with ASD.

Previously, officials and politicians chose to ignore some questions that A4 asked or some issues A4 raised. In the past, government and its agencies avoided matters that are crucial/essential for the very vulnerable members of the ASD community by ignoring parts (or the whole) of correspondence with A4.

A4 asks important questions so when people and agencies do not respond they send the autistic community a very clear message that they do not care … or worse. When A4 asks a question, A4 and autistic people expect and deserve complete and truthful answers to their questions.

Basically, failure (or refusal) of a person or agency to answer A4’s questions is unacceptable. Delay, providing partial or an unclear answer in a crucial matter is detrimental for people who already experience substantial disadvantage.

A4 does not have the time or resources to chase people or agency representatives who fail to do their jobs properly; officials who do not meet their responsibilities/obligations to taxpayers and the wider community to provide essential and accurate information, answer questions and address deficiencies in programs.

A4 recognises and expects that agency employees who are responsible for responding to A4’s correspondence are quite literate so they understand the questions that A4 asks. If an agency or its staff have any doubt or uncertainty about any of A4’s questions, they should contact A4 promptly for clarification.

Usually, A4 numbers the questions so a respondent can easily number answers correspondingly. There is no reason for accidentally omitting a response to any question when preparing a response for A4.

Henceforth, A4 will treat a person or agency’s failure to answer its question clearly within a reasonable period as a deliberate act, an official choice to not answer. A4 will interpret a missing, partial or unclear answer to mean the real answer to the question is extremely negative or the worst answer possible … it is an answer so bad that the person or agency cannot put it in writing.

Similarly, a person or agency’s failure or refusal to acknowledge any concern that A4 raises should be interpreted to mean complete/total rejection of that concern of the people A4 represents.

Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia Management Group


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