Scott Avery was Indigenous X host from November 28 to December 5.
Five questions to Scott Avery
I get to ply my trade as policy and research director, dealing with a cross-section of issues that people with disability face. The diversity in my experience has been a good grounding as disability impacts on so many policy areas. Much of this work is about awareness raising, but we always try to keep a practical “what can be done about this” approach with our work.
Away from the office, my wife Alison and I spend a lot of time watching sport and especially enjoy those which our two girls participate in. I also do a bit of ocean swimming, which gives me my spiritual cleansing and a nice excuse to visit somewhere I haven’t been before.
There are also a few reports being released this week, including one from the United Nations committee against torture. We will be reviewing these to see how Australian government policies are faring when it comes to ensuring the rights of those in Australia whose welfare is at greatest risk.
When unnecessary suffering is caused by people being denied the health care they desperately need, or when people are wrongly placed in institutions or prisons when they just shouldn’t be there – that makes me passionate too.
And I would like to see Parramatta win the footy comp one day soon. Here’s hoping!