Disappointing loss

WHAT a truly inspirational and committed person is Graeme Innes, almost nine years as Disability Discrimination Commissioner speaking for the last time at the Canberra Press Club on July 2.

When asked how he felt after this time, and as the first and now the last to act in that role as commissioner, he expressed disappointment, adding, “at a time when the federal government had appointed a commissioner for endangered species”.

He said the mantra of the federal government, that of lifters and leaners, as “such a facile concept” demonising those believed to be “slackers and shirkers and rorters”.

He absolutely agreed that “getting people off welfare to work is paramount, that the way to do it is with a jobs plan, not wielding a big stick but by a carrot approach”.

On extra funding necessary for the NDIS, he suggested one less fighter plane of the 74 ordered for the defence force.

A brilliant person dependant on a seeing eye dog, I suggest that he would make a worthy 2015 Australian of the Year.

– SYD EDWARDS, Launceston

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