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Apr 26, 2012
James O'Brien

Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes AM to address Melbourne rally

The Every Australian Counts campaign is pleased to announce that Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes AM will address the Melbourne Make it Real Rally on Monday 30 April 2012.

Graeme has a long and proud record of advocacy for people with disabilities and played a crucial role in the development of the National Disability Strategy and the Disability (Access to Premises – buildings) Standards 2010; as well as the establishment of Livable Housing Australia.

Graeme is a strong supporter of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and told Every Australian Counts that:

A National Disability Insurance Scheme is an idea that should, and currently does, transcend partisan politics and if Australia is serious about achieving equality then it is the sort of idea that cannot be ignored.

A National Disability Insurance Scheme has the potential to make a huge difference for the human rights of people with disability and their families and enhance the extent to which people with disability – can participate in and contribute to Australian society.

We look forward to hearing more from Graeme at the rally at Melbourne on Monday 30 April from 12noon at Federation Square.  


  • Disability Discrimination,

    I would like to support the ‘National disability insurance scheme’ initiatives and Graeme’s continued advocacy.

    In my view, all Australians and their families never know when their lives may be irrevocably changed by the advent of any form of disability albeit during birth or life experiences physical, neurological impairments and many forms, to the generalised viewed ‘norm.’

    My experience of the general perception within society, of disabled individuals appears one of discomfort. At the very best compassionate and understanding, and at the worst stigmatised, unhelpful and judgmental .Now is the time to demystify these illusions through continuing education and the proposed ‘disability insurance’ scheme.

    I assert that all individuals add value to our societal views thereby creating a ‘cultural capital’ that is measurable. It is a matter of widening what ‘capital’ contribution and production means. How ‘abstract’ artworks are viewed and valued as part of the rich tapestry which contribute to our collective Australian psyche.

    This innovative policy initiative ideally is one leading by example in changing false beliefs in viewing the cultural strengths brought to the table, by these special Aussies.

    I hope that all parties vote for these important initiatives.

    • Janice Bruce – We LOVE the photos!! What atietnton to detail. The personalities just burst off the page/computer! Seeing these photos brings back the wonderful happy time we had for Sarah and Graeme’s day. Thank you for the wonderful settings and professional job, with the personal touch. Janice

  • I have been a strong advocate for the disabled for close to thirty years, yet I believe Australia has gone backwards over the past two decades when it comes to understanding the needs of people with disabilities and mobility issues.
    I totally support the need for the NDIS scheme, although I believe there is a great deal of political hypocrisy from many of the so called leaders in the Disability world. As long as you happen to show signs of being an elite sportsperson be it able or disabled, very little is supported by the federal government or the ASC.
    How “Inclusive” are their programs when National Sporting Organisations fail miserably to be totally inclusive and the ASC close down their Disability Unit ?
    After ten years of the former Project Connect and now Sports Connect, can someone tell me what NSO totally caters for anyone with a disability or do they cherry pick their participants?
    It’s about time the Federal Government stopped putting out glossy brochures and using smoke and mirrors and went ahead with something that could change the lives of at least 20% of the Australian population.

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