The Victorian of the Year for 2011 Father Bob Maguire has backed the campaign for a National Disability Insurance Scheme, urging all Australians to support a better deal for people with disabilities to ensure that Every Australian Counts!
Father Bob has been the parish priest at St Peter and Paul’s Church in South Melbourne since 1973. His tireless work for vulnerable, poor and needy Victorians over many years was recognised in his appointment as Victorian of the Year for 2011. This follows Father Bob being awarded an Order of Australia for his work back in 1989.
Father Bob is an inspirational person whose very visible commitment to social justice means that he is able to keep issues of poverty, fairness and equity on the public agenda, never far from the attention of the media and politicians.
Consistent with his work of supporting those most vulnerable in the community, Father Bob recognises that a National Disability Insurance Scheme will benefit people with disabilities, their families and carers many of whom are amongst our most vulnerable and marginalised citizens.
Father Bob joins other eminent Australians including Australian of the Year Simon McKeon and Senior Australian of the Year Professor Ron McCallum AO in supporting the NDIS.
Father Bob recently took some time out from his busy schedule to record this message for the Every Australian Counts campaign, which can be viewed here:
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