As a relatively small disability service provider, run by and for people with disabilities, QSSS has often struggled to cut through to our target demographic using traditional advertising and marketing. The major publications and other media we would like to advertise in are unfortunately owned by our direct competition, who obviously aren’t terribly keen on assisting us take some of their business. Continue reading
It’s been a fun-filled few months for the NDIS since the the start of the 2016-17 financial year. While progress has been made, it’s been far from smooth sailing.
Rob Pyne sitting in his modified parliament chamber “seat.” (Original photo from here)
The late Stella Young’s hilarious “inspiration porn” speech reminds us how overusing the word “inspirational” can seem cheesy or even condescending. However in the case of Rob Pyne, Member for Cairns in the Queensland Parliament and the first quadriplegic MP, the title of “inspirational” may just be appropriate. At the very least, Rob is in many ways impressive.
Is punching people with disabilities ever OK?
That’s probably a question going through Oscar Pistorius’ mind quite a lot nowadays!
However, I’m not talking about him, I am instead referring to the recent controversial arrest of a disabled man and his partner at Sunnybank plaza.
The pair had allegedly stolen 12 bottles of wine.
Suffice it to say Queensland police brought the full face of the law down upon the alleged shoplifters, in a way most frustrated shopkeepers can only dream of.
The Murdoch press have been serving it up again. This week’s tabloid fantasies are more gleeful DSP “bludger” vilification with a side-serving of welfare-reform schadenfreude. The breathless reporting is over the DSP reforms recently waved through federal parliament.
Here’s a summary of the headlines:
Herald Sun: Disability Pensioners told to get work
And here’s a bonus one from about a fortnight ago:
The fact that Kanye West is an insensitive jerk is probably not news to many. Kanye West has never seemed particularly thoughtful or considerate of others – it’s not really a prerequisite for a rapper.
Ever since his self-indulgent hijacking of Taylor Swift’s 2009 Video Music Awards acceptance speech, it’s been pretty apparent the “outspoken” musician is perhaps not the most socially sensitive of souls and maybe just a tad narcissistic. (As for his recent wedding to Kim Kardashian, the New York post summed it up perfectly).
With all that said though, Kanye West is a talented musician and entertainer with a penchant for catchy (if often inappropriate) tunes. One would think however, having performed hundreds of concerts, there would come with that a certain amount of on-stage professionalism.
Spare a thought for poor Craig Wallace, President of People With Disability Australia. I’d hate to have his job, particularly right now. It currently seems his main task is to go out each week and clean up whatever mess the tabloid media, like a cute-yet-dopey lactose-intolerant puppy, has crapped all over his doorstep.
PWDA president Craig Wallace once again having to debunk tabloid welfare hysteria
Graeme Innes finishes his position as Disability Discrimination Commissioner tomorrow, to be replaced by, well, nobody…
In his final week he has kept very busy. He has some parting observations that are as succinct as they are brilliantly and eloquently expressed.
“If you had the choice between having a million dollars or having your disability cured, which one would you pick?” a friend of mine was once asked by a rather naive and insensitive doctor.
Her response was immediate, “what a ridiculous question to ask!” The embarrassed doctor was halfway through mumbling a clumsy apology when she clarified her answer:
When I first saw the image below doing the rounds I thought it was quite apt, but the more I read about the federal budget the more I’m beginning to think that might be being a bit unkind to Joffrey.