With our media profiles as high as ever, Mike Oliver looks back to earlier days of protest and wonders where our sense of pride has gone
Disability once again seems to be back on the political agenda as the coalition Government’s plans for us have attracted a great deal of attention. The last time we had such a place in the sun was some 30 years ago when the then government had similar plans for us.
Our responses then were very different from today. We rejected society’s stereotype that we were tragic victims of unfortunate circumstances and instead we sang of our love for our bodies.
We chanted our demands for choices and rights on the streets. We warned the powerful that if they messed with us we would mess with them.
And we did.