Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2016
Putting rights centre stage

Friday 2 September @ NAB, The Hall, 700 Bourke Street, Docklands

Welcome and opening address


Thursday 1st September, 2016: 11:30pm - 12:00am


The Hall


Facilitated by:

Julie Phillips, MC for 'Putting rights centre stage'

Julie is also the Manager of the Disability Discrimination Legal Service Inc (DDLS). DDLS is a statewide independent community legal centre that specialises in disability discrimination legal matters. It provides free legal services, works towards the eradication of disability discrimination, and facilitates and promotes justice for people with disability through community legal education sessions. Photo of Julie Phillips, MC for 'Putting rights centre stage'

Lizzie Blandthorn MP, State Labor Member for Pascoe Vale

Elected as the Labor Member for Pascoe Vale in 2014, Lizzie is Chair of the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee in the Parliament of Victoria. The role of the committee is to compare proposed legislation against the Victorian Charter of Human Rights. Prior to election Lizzie was a Senior Officer for the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria.

Photo of Lizzie Blandthorn MP, State Labor Member for Pascoe Vale

Session Summary

Julie Phillips, the MC, set the scene for “Putting rights centre stage” at Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2016.



The theme for this year’s conference was Putting rights centre stage.  The basis for rights in Australia are enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability.  DARU launched a beautiful video where people with disability tell us what those rights are.



Julie then introduced Lizzie Blandthorn MP who presented the opening address.



After two days of thought provoking presentations and winding down from her MC responsibilities, Julie met with Marie McInerney for further conversation.