• Lost in transition

    Speech for People with Disability Australia to the Lost in Transition Summit, convened by the ACT Council of Social Services, Friday 26 February 2016 at the Canberra Museum and Gallery I acknowledge that we are meeting on the lands of…
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  • The Money AND the Gun: Denton is wrong

    I like Andrew Denton and always have. He is a funny, intelligent interviewer with a bucket load of insight and compassion. A high point for me was an episode of his program, The Money or the Gun, in 1990. I…
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    Peeling the onion – why it matters

    This week the Prime Minister of Australia ate an onion. Not just any onion but an unpeeled brown one with the skin on. While most onlookers treated this as a kind of inexplicable random event, like a UFO sighting or…
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  • Upgrading our debate on disability, welfare and jobs

    When introducing the final report of the review by Patrick McClure into Australia’s Welfare system at the National Press Club on Wednesday, Social Services Minister Scott Morrison expressed a desire to upgrade the conversation on welfare from self-interest to national…
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  • Finding a legacy worthy of you …

    Almost two days after learning of the death of Stella Young I’ve been slowly starting to think about how on earth we find a “legacy” worthy of her. It’s hard, so very hard, to think about the idea of a legacy…
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  • Disability in Australia – unfinished business

    Address in the lead up to the United Nations International Day of People with Disability. 1 December 2014, Robert Garran offices, Canberra.   Talking Heads is a lunchtime address to the Attorney-General’s Department and Ministry for the Arts, hosted by the…
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  • We ARE the lifters …

    Speech at the Annual General Meeting of People With Disability Australia 13 November 2014, Mercure Hotel Sydney I want to start off this year by talking about our governance work. While you might see the work we do in the media…
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  • What ANZAC can really teach us

    According to media reports, the education minister, Christopher Pyne, is set to review the national curriculum with the review to address concerns about the history curriculum “not recognising the legacy of western civilisation and not giving important events in Australia’s…
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