Professor Ron McCallum, AO named 2011 Senior Australian of the Year

27 January 2011

Congratulations to Professor Ron McCallum, AO on being named 2011 Senior Australian of the Year.

The announcement was made at a ceremony in Canberra on Tuesday, 25 January 2011.

"This is a wonderful recognition of the outstanding contributions Professor McCallum has made, most recently in the area of disability discrimination," said the Dean, Professor Gillian Triggs.
"We are very proud of his achievements and are also delighted by his recent appointment as an Emeritus Professor of the Sydney Law School."
Professor Ronald C McCallum AO chairs the United Nations monitoring Committee established under the new international Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Ron was elected to this position in 2008 and 2010.

Ron's credentials in Disability and Human Rights law are extensive.

He was the first totally blind person to be appointed to a full professorship in law in any Australasian university when he took up the foundation Blake Dawson Waldron Chair in Industrial Law at the Sydney Law School in 1993.

From 2002 until 2007, he served as Dean of the Sydney Law School.

He has also taught labour law in Canada and the USA.

In September 2003, Ron was elected as Chair of Radio for the Print Handicapped of New South Wales Cooperative Ltd, which operates Radio 2RPH.

Since 2006, he has been a member of the board of Vision Australia, and has been a deputy-chair of this board since November 2006.

Ron has worked extensively with government on new legislation.

He was a member of the NSW Taskforce, which led to the drafting of the Industrial Relations Act 1996 (NSW), and in 1996-7, he chaired a Panel of Review into the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1983 (NSW).

He was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian government in 2002, in recognition of his contribution as a labour law scholar and disabled citizen.

In 2006, Ron received the designation of Officer in the Order of Australia for his services to tertiary education, for industrial relations advice to governments, for assistance to visually impaired persons and for social justice.

On 25 November 2010, Ron was designated as New South Wales Senior Australian of the Year 2011.

Ron is also a consultant to HWL Ebsworth Lawyers.

View the related coverage:

Chair of UN Committee receives Senior Australian Award for 2011 - United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights - 22 February 2011

2011 Senior Australian of the Year - Australian of the Year Awards - 25 January 2011

Ron McCallum named Senior Australian of the Year - ABC News - 25 January 2011

Ron McCallum named Senior Australian of the Year - - 25 January 2011

Australia Day Award: Vision Australia's Deputy Chair is honoured for a lifetime of service - Vision Australia - 25 January 2011

McCallum urges tolerance, acceptance - The Age - 25 January 2011

Equal rights campaigner Ron McCallum named Senior Australian of the Year - The Australian - 26 January 2011

Vision, Bravery and a nice cup of Tea - The Australian - 26 January 2011

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