Unapologetic insolence from an aging subversive

Unapologetic insolence from an aging subversive

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Hope & Nostalgia (2)





























Last week I participated in this Brisbane conference which was the first involving my specialty (physical impairment) for many years.

I've called this post Hope & Nostalgia (2) because it follows on a similar post in April 2009.

The difference with this one was that it was purely about education, and I was one of five people on the organising committee, which meant that I was torn between helping the running of the conference for the three days and attending and learning from the presentations.

On the second day, I chaired three sessions and was part of the presentation for one, so it was a busy day.

The nostalgia reference arises because two other members of the organising committee were part of my staff when I opened a new special school in Townsville in 1987, and it was gratifying to see them so deeply involved in this rewarding discipline nearly thirty years later.

Also on nostalgia, the closing address was given by a fellow with Cerebral Palsy who was a student at the state school for spastic children, New Farm, the year (1971) I was discharged from the army to begin teaching there.

He graduated from U of Q in Economics and has a very senior position in the ATO.

Now that was over forty years ago.

Much of the time I was the oldest person in the room, and certainly the oldest still working in the field.

Meanwhile our pig ignorant federal government has sacked the Disabilities Commissioner, whilst at the same time looking at attacking this particular vulnerable section of the community through restricted welfare support.

Somehow or another, the message simply hasn't got through that everyone can be productive, given the right kind of timely support.

Gavin King (LNP Cairns) parks where he likes. He is the local member after all. People with disabilities can make other arrangements..






















 These two actions (together with the pic above) provide a pretty fair commentary on the Coalition's real view of the importance of the disability sector.

But the NDIS is on the horizon, so hope springs eternal.


19 comments:

Anonymous said...

off topic [as usual] but here goes for a read and listen.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-05/vatican-wont-give-all-child-abuse-documents-royal-commission/5574192

Anonymous said...

ditto
http://www.theage.com.au/business/the-economy/economists-reject-abbott-crisis-claims-20140711-3bsh9.html

Anonymous said...

more on RCTU and Latham;
http://www.afr.com/p/opinion/keystone_kops_on_the_awu_fraud_8LM0pDmlnWkazdDHVAkoYP

Anonymous said...

http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/7/17/industrial-relations/union-inquiry-splitting-coalition-two?utm_content=buffera616a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Anonymous said...

A message from Mike
http://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2014/07/18/abbott-appointments-are-trusted-class-warriors/1405652282#.U8nF6Y2Sy36

Anonymous said...

and from Quiggin
http://johnquiggin.com/2014/07/20/stafford-by-election/

Anonymous said...

Uh oh more of Sinc tomorrow.
http://www.smh.com.au/world/jury-awards-25-billion-in-florida-smoking-case-20140720-zuy1c.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=nc&eid=socialn%3Atwi-13omn1677-edtrl-other%3Annn-17%2F02%2F2014-edtrs_socialshare-all-nnn-nnn-vars-o%26sa%3DD%26usg%3DALhdy28zsr6qiq

Anonymous said...

Libertarians cop a serve.
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/dec/19/bastardised-libertarianism-makes-freedom-oppression

Anonymous said...


Tweeted.
All cats are libertarians.
Completely dependent on others,
but fully convinced of there own independence

Anonymous said...

But wait theres more, Kathy Jackson why we wont read much on the Cat or hear Abbott proclaiming KJ as his favourite unionist.
http://wixxyleaks.com/take-take-take-kathy-jacksons-so-called-slush-fund-could-be-her-undoing/

Anonymous said...

climate
http://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/climate-models-on-the-mark-australianled-research-finds-20140720-zuuoe.html?eid=email:nnn-13omn653-ret_newsl-membereng:nnn-04/11/2013-news_pm-dom-news-nnn-age-u&campaign_code=13INO007&et_bid=20994173&promote_channel=edmail&mbnr=MTA4NTgzNzM

Anonymous said...

meanwhile.today
http://wixxyleaks.com/welcome-to-the-fold-michael-smith-bob-kernohan-and-kathy-jackson/

Anonymous said...

Jon Stewart clip on
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrlUzkd8Z8g

Anonymous said...

Lest we forget.
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/war_stories/2014/07/the_vincennes_downing_of_iran_air_flight_655_the_united_states_tried_to.html

Anonymous said...

Uhoh the Aus in error, wowseers;
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/press-council-adjudication/story-e6frg6n6-1226998747686

Anonymous said...

The sting is in the tail.
http://m.smh.com.au/comment/israels-rank-and-rotten-fruit-is-being-called-fascism-20140724-zwd2t.html

Anonymous said...

This from Haretz.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/.premium-1.607312

Anonymous said...

The price of carbon from the KOUK
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/25/four-facts-show-carbon-tax-not-damaged-australia

Anonymous said...

good golly miss molly the herald sun in melb refers to Kathy as a union boss. it must be over
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/union-boss-kathy-jackson-kept-using-bank-account/story-fni0fee2-1227005039982?nk=06701682cd156e516c3761ab215d4bdb

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