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The disability “apartheid”

Briefs

Cite as: (2005) 79(11) LIJ, p.13


The rights of the disabled were canvassed strongly at the fourth Law Institute of Victoria-organised HumanWrites conversation forum.

University of Queensland Australian Research Fellow at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies Dr Gerard Goggin and University of Tasmania associate professor in medical ethics within the School of Medicine Christopher Newell were the guest speakers at the forum on 23 September. The two men, who have co-authored Disability in Australia: Exposing a social apartheid, discussed the book and society’s attitude to the disabled.

The forum was moderated by founding CEO of community sector advocacy group “ourcommunity.com.au” and Victorian Human Rights Consultation Committee member Rhonda Galbally.

About 70 people, most representing disability action groups, attended the lunchtime event, with many of them eloquently sharing their personal stories about being disabled.

Discussion centred on the difficulties the disabled face in having to constantly assert their rights.

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