Craig Wallace is a marketing manager and project coordinator with Nican, a national community organisation and has been a community leader with various organisations for more than a decade. He is the President of People with Disability Australia, a leading cross disability rights organisation in Australia and is a member of the ACT BLITS business group. Craig is a past Chair of the ACT Disability Advisory Council and was President of the ACT peak body People with Disabilities ACT from 1999-2005. Craig is a past member of the ABC Advisory Council and an avid ABC viewer, reader, writer and listener.
Prior to moving to the community sector Craig worked as a public servant with the Australian Government in various policy roles including in volunteering, youth, housing and disability. He was awarded a Centenary medal in 2002 for service to the disability community as well as Australia Day medals in 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2010 for work on corporate volunteering, supporting the volunteer response to the Canberra bushfires and in the social housing and on the National Disability Strategy Project Team which lead early work on the National Disability Strategy and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
In 2010 he resigned after more than 15 years in Public Service and started going on the record as an occasional opinion editorial writer for the ABC Ramp Up website, while indulging his passions for good books, science fiction, quality drama and news and current affairs. He has also written for The Australian newspaper and in Open Forum.
Craig has a disability and uses a wheelchair for mobility A political dabbler, Craig managed to join the Young Liberals (when they had a small l) and then the Labor party during a turbulent ride through student politics at Wollongong University, before abandoning both for the neutrality of service to governments of the day. The only party he hasn’t joined is the Democrats because they imploded in a shower of sparks before he had a chance to.
These days he mostly just supports whatever works but sees dark angry clouds on the horizon from the coarsening of Australia’s public culture. Craig is proud of Australia and loves our little island to bits and thinks we need to reclaim nationalism from people who debase it by peddling fear, spite and crap.