Julie Phillips tracks international disability activism over the last century. Is there enough activism in Australia? Has grassroots action fallen prey to a new and different level of engagement with people with disabilities? Has the new wave of disability consultation and its associated Working Groups, Consultative Committees, Advisory Groups, Blueprints and Disability Action Plans helped or hindered equality for people with disabilities? Are the bureaucratic relationships between people with disabilities and government helping the cause or weakening our position?

The audience is asked to consider whether disability rights have been progressed or stifled due to the last decades consultative approach.