• 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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  • 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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  • The Journey of Leadership

    First of all I’d like to acknowledge that we are meeting on the land of indigenous people and that we respect their elders. As a member of the Advisory Group I’d also like to congratulate the graduates and the journey…
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  • Big ideas for Disability employment

    This is the full version of my speech, Big ideas for Disability employment, delivered to the Australian Network on Disability National Conference 2013 on 15 May 2013, in Sydney In the House of Representatives this morning the Prime Minister introduced a bill to…
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  • Andrew Peacock

    All Andrew needed was the right tagline

    First a confession – I have a disability and I like Andrew Peacock.  I think he is Australia’s lost Prime Minister.  Here was a politician who is jovial, witty and urbane, with an exotic name and a touch of Camelot….
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  • My wheelchair is a clunker (and I like it)

    A confession: my wheelchair is a clunker.  It is old, it’s made from stainless steel and it’s heavy. If there were a cash for clunkers scheme for wheelchairs, I’d be picked out of the line for the photo opportunity with…
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