Kelly Vincent has now taken her place in the South Australian parliament. The House scrambled to provide accessibility, with a newly constructed desk and ramps. The House itself now has a different geography due to the presence of one person. May there be many more!
This from her maiden speech impressed me, and will need further cogitation:
Perhaps what I have just said will give you a little insight into why I am set back a little when people try to suggest that Dignity for Disability is a ‘single issue’ party– because disability knows no boundaries. It crosses transport, education, social inclusion, access, and discrimination, for a start.
Anyone who needs proof of the wide reach of disability need only look up at the galleries of this chamber and behold all of the special guests who have graced us with their society and audience today. I sincerely thank them all for this. It is a true honour. Disability affects people of all ages, races, genders, classes and religions, in very different ways. And this should be a source of joy and celebration, just as much as it is seen as a difficulty.
“Single-issue” perhaps needs to go the way of “Don’t bother us with your niche little problems.”
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