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About the speaker:

David Elliott was born in Bankstown in 1970 and was educated at Christian Community High School before completing a Bachelor of Arts in History and Asian Studies. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy and Master of Arts (Communication).

David was elected to the 55th Parliament as the Member for Baulkham Hills in 2011. In May 2014 he was promoted to Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier for Youth, Homelessness and the Centenary of ANZAC.  In June 2011 he was also elected as the Chairman of the NSW Economic Development Committee.  In 2011 he presided over the Inquiry into the NSW Parliamentary Budget Office.  He is also the Chairman of Ministerial Consultative Council on India, Secretary of Parliamentary Friends of Papua New Guinea and Chairman of the St John Ambulance Parliamentary Auxiliary.  In 2012 he was appointed Chairman of the O’Farrell’s Government’s Plumbing Advisory Council and served in this role until December 2013.

Following the re-election of the Baird Government in March 2015, David was appointed Minister for Corrections, Emergency Services and Veterans Affairs. In August 2015 David was appointed as a Member in The Order of St John. In early 2017, Premier Gladys Berejiklian appointed David to be Minister for Counter Terrorism replacing Emergency Services. He is now Minister for Counter Terrorism, Corrections and Veterans Affairs.

To attend this event, please RSVP by completing the form below by 5:00pm Monday 6 November:

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About the speaker:

Alastair McEwin is Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner.  He commenced in this role in August 2016. Alastair’s educational background is in arts, law and business administration.  Following his undergraduate studies in Adelaide, he spent time in Vancouver, Canada, pursuing postgraduate studies.  Prior to moving to Sydney to commence as a consultant with Accenture, a global management and IT consulting company, he worked as Associate to the Hon. Justice John von Doussa at the Federal Court.  Alastair has a strong background in working with non-profit organisations. He was the Executive Director of Community Legal Centres NSW, the peak body for Community Legal Centres in NSW.  Other roles include CEO of People with Disability Australia and Manager of the Australian Centre for Disability Law.

Prior to commencing in his current role, he was the Chairperson of the NSW Disability Council, the official advisory board to the NSW Government on disability issues.  He was also the President of the Deaf Society of NSW and Chairperson of the Australian Theatre of the Deaf.  He has also been the coordinator of the World Federation of the Deaf Expert Group on Human Rights and an adjunct lecturer for the Masters of Community Management degree at the University of Technology Sydney.

About the facilitator:

Shane is Professor of Theology at Alphacrucis College, and an Honorary Associate, Centre for Disability Research and Policy, the Faculty of Health Sciences, the University of Sydney. His field of research is Pentecostal theology and, since he incurred a spinal cord injury in 2010, disability studies. His forthcoming book, Crippled Grace, is an interdisciplinary study that examines the virtue tradition’s conception of the good life from the perspective of disability.

To confirm your attendance at this free event, please complete the form below by 5:00pm, Monday 27 November 2017:



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