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Ruddock continues his business forum luncheons in Dundas

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MEDIA STATEMENT Electorate Parliament House

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Philip Ruddock MP Federal Member for Dundas Shadow Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs

29 September 1992



Federal Member for Dundas (until the next election) and Liberal Candidate for Berowra, Philip Ruddock has continued his tradition of regular Business Forum Luncheons with another successful luncheon being held last week at the Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club.

About 50 local residents and business people attended the luncheon, held on Monday 21 September to hear Ms Barbara Quintrell, Network Facilitator of Corporate Impact. Ms Quintrell is one of 21 others who is responsible for promoting amongst the community the Disability Reform Package, in order to ensure that people with disabilities have the opportunity to contribute in a significant way to their community.

Barbara said: "People with disabilities don't want sympathy - they want the opportunity to work, play and make decisions". She gave the example of a very successful businessman, Mr Mark Bagshaw who is the International Marketing Manager of IBM. Mr Bagshaw was involved in an accident which left him a quadriplegic.

"For too long we have ignored the 15% of the population with disabilities. We need to give them maximum opportunity to work and use their skills", Ms Quintrell continued.

It is Ms Quintrell's role to employers of financial incentives and support available from the Government to facilitate disabled employees in their workplace.

In addition to wanting to place people with disabilities back into the workforce and into the community, Ms Quintrell also stressed the ongoing need for appropriate services for those people with high support needs. It was also raised that there is still some concern about older people with disabilities, and it was suggested that this is a further area that needs to be more thoroughly

addressed by government and by the community.

"I have an ongoing interest and concern for people with disabilities in our community and welcome these measures advocated by Ms Quintrell to encourage disabled people where appropriate back into the workforce. I also see the ongoing need for institutionalised care for those with multiple disabilities or high support needs", Philip Ruddock said.

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