• Terror is over – if you want it

    Another day, another mass act of violence against civilians. Another few hours to speculate – is it an Islamic terrorist or a Nazi? Or someone with no ‘reason’? As if that’s all there is to find out. And another few…
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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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  • 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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  • United Nations Human Rights Day

    Speech to the 2013 ACT Human Rights Day Panel convened by the United Nations Association of Australia, 10 December 2013 Thanks to Jonathan and the United Nations Association of Australia for the opportunity to be part of this panel for…
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  • Don’t Dis My Nerdability

    I recently came across this piece which somehow manages to include every patronising cliché in the book about disability.   http://http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/courageous-jack-mcleod-making-an-impact-as-his-deafness-proves-no-handicap/story-fnii0h47-1226764689105 We live in a new era of self direction and control so it got me wondering whether we should write…
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  • It’s our movement. Let’s take it back.

    The last few days have seen mixed emotions as the new Government takes power in Canberra. The victors are jubilant while others are angry or confused. Yet what is beyond doubt is that we are a democracy. We choose our…
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  • Speech PWDA 2013 Election Launch

    Mecure Hotel, Sydney, 30 August 2013 On behalf of People with Disability Australia I’d like to welcome you to tonight’s election forum whether you are joining us here at the Mercure Hotel in Sydney or tuning in via the webcast…
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