Health complexities riddle the lives of quadriplegics everywhere. That is why Carol and members of the QLS Diverse Abilities Network are sipping for SIP Week 2020, raising funds towards the Spinal Injury Project.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are disproportionately and systemically oppressed by the justice system. I wanted to utilise the privileges I have in accessing tertiary education to gain qualifications in an area where I can become an advocate for, and empower, my people.
When I passed my Bar exams in England in 1995, I swore blind I would never sit another law exam again. Except when my wife and I came to Australia in 2012, I had to complete another 9 academic units to be admitted as a lawyer over here.
Don’t sit idly by to wait for that change to happen and for other people to do that kind of work; be involved, and contribute to the dialogue, and help facilitate the passage of change – even in the simplest of ways.
Do I get nervous? Every. Single. Time. You hear of footballers having pre-game rituals, every time I got to court, I practice in my car and pretend the windscreen is the judge. If I don’t, I’m convinced I’ll stuff up and pronounce my own name wrong or call the judge ‘Mum!’
Since the start of all this madness, weird things have been happening to grocery items – toilet paper trading higher than oil on the stock market, anti-bacterial wipes being hoarded like bullion – but the weirdest thing to me has been the disappearance of Oat Brits.