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National Press Club address

(check against delivery) I acknowledge the traditional owners of this land. I do so not as a formulaic beginning, but as a sincere recognition of the place which the land holds in the lives and culture of our first Australians. I saw much of the disadvantage Aboriginal people experience during my...

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Launch of Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District Action Plan

Sarah - not her real name - studied law at university. Not only did she earn a good law degree, she won the university medal. She also won competitions for mooting- conducting mock trials for those of you smart enough not to have chosen law as your profession. She could not get a job - or even an interview - with the Australian public service because she has a significant disability, including using a wheelchair, and some verbal communication issues.

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Speech to Australia's Network on Disability International Day Function

Click here to download presentation slide I acknowledge the traditional owners of this land. *Slide with contact details* I've pondered for a while how to theme this speech. After all, it’s my last international day as Commissioner, as my term concludes in July next year. And 2013 - a huge year of...

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Launch of Telstra's 6th Disability Action Plan

I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet. Geoff Scott is your average Aussie bloke- an artist, a big supporter of the West Coast Eagles, a man looking after his ageing dad, and someone who wanted to use his phone. So, like most Australians, he's a prospective Telstra...

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ABS International Day of People with Disability

I acknowledge the traditional owners of this land. I have a dream that my children will grow up in a nation where they are not judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character. Who said these words? Martin Luther King. If I can adapt that quote, I have a dream that my...

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Disability Disability Rights

Presentation to Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

I acknowledge the traditional owners of this land. Thanks for the chance to have this discussion this afternoon. It's a relatively small group so I hope it can be quite informal. We've just seen one of the films from the Australian Human Rights Commission's Twenty Years: Twenty Stories project. I...

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NDS Conference

The Nojin and Prior decisions in the Federal Court, Full Federal Court and High Court late last year and early this are probably the most significant decisions to employees with disability in Australian Disability Enterprises - and to ADE's - since the passage of the Disability Discrimination Act more than twenty years ago.

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Disability Disability Rights

Housing Demonstration Project Launch of The Summer Foundation Apartments

Patricia had a degenerative disability, and lived in Department Of Housing accommodation. She has used a wheelchair for the last few years. It was a beautiful sunny day outside, but we talked in her kitchen while my friends from church worked in her garden. She told me she didn't leave the house much, and had only gone out a couple of times this year- it was September.

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Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - Closing Statement

Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 10th Session, Australia Commissioner Innes, Closing Statement 4th September 2013 Thank you Madam Chair and Committee Members. As noted earlier, Australia is a developed country, with a strong economy, and continued commitment to human rights. It...

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Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - Opening Statement

Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 10th Session Opening Statement – Commissioner Graeme Innes, Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission Good afternoon Committee members, and thank you for the opportunity to appear before you. Australia is a...

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