Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2019
Advocacy under pressure

Monday 2 September | NAB The Hall, 700 Bourke Street, Docklands

Rick Morton

Photo of Rick Morton, Journalist & Author

Journalist & Author

Rick Morton is an award-winning journalist and the author of One Hundred Years of Dirt (MUP, 2018). Dirt is part family memoir, part book of essays about growing up on the outside in Australia. Originally from Queensland, Rick has worked in Sydney, Hobart, Melbourne and Canberra as the social affairs writer for The Australian with a particular focus on social policy including the National Disability Insurance Scheme, aged care, the welfare system, religion and employment services. Rick is the winner of the 2013 Kennedy Award for Young Journalist of the Year and the 2017 Kennedy Award for Outstanding Columnist. He appears regularly on television, radio and panels discussing politics, the media, writing and social policy. One Hundred Years of Dirt was shortlisted for the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, longlisted for the 2018 Walkley Book of the Year, and longlisted for both Biography Book of the Year and the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year for the 2019 ABIA Awards.


Plain talking from the top

Monday 2nd September, 2019: 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Assisting people with disability to navigate the National Disability Insurance scheme (NDIS) has become core business for many advocacy organisations. But working with the agency has not always been easy. This frank and open conversation provides an opportunity for some straight talking and clear responses from the top to questions and concerns raised by the disability … Continued