Matt Laffan Memorial Address on Social Justice

27 February 2019


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About the event

In March 2009, Sydney Law School alumnus Matt Laffan passed away after he fought and lost the biggest battle of his colourful and active life. On 27 February 2019, Carly Findlay, writer and appearance activist, will deliver a memorial address to celebrate the significant impact Matt made in his short life.

The 2019 address will be jointly co-hosted by Sydney Law School and the Australian Human Rights Commission in recognition of the 25th anniversary year of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), which ends on 28 February 2019.

1 March 2019 will also mark the 10th anniversary of Matt Laffan's passing.

Matt Laffan had severe disabilities, but he will be remembered most for his impressive abilities. With enormous enthusiasm for life, Matt grabbed opportunities and made the most of them.

About the speaker 

Carly Findlay is an award winning writer, speaker and appearance activist. Her first book, Say Hello, was released in January 2019. She's editing Growing Up Disabled in Australia. She writes on disability and appearance diversity issues for publications including ABC, Daily Life and SBS. She was named as one of Australia's most influential women in the 2014 Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards. She has appeared on ABC's You Can't Ask That and Cyber Hate with Tara Moss, and has been a regular on various ABC radio programs. She's spoken at Melbourne Writers Festival, the University of Western England and Melbourne University - to name a few. She organised the history making Access to Fashion - a Melbourne Fashion Week event featuring disabled models. She has a Master of Communication and Bachelor of eCommerce. Carly identifies as a proud disabled woman - she lives with a rare severe skin condition - Ichthyosis.


Sydney Law School is wheelchair accessible. This lecture will have Auslan Interpreter provision. Casual parking is available under the New Law Building, accessible via Barff Rd (off City Rd or Parramatta Rd) - after 3pm at $2 per hour to maximum of $6. Please use Lifts 1 -2, located centrally in the carpark.

Please notify us of any accessibility requirements you may have so that we can assist you appropriately by calling 9351 0248.

Lawyers/barristers: attendance at this lecture is equal to 1.5 MCLE/CPD unit.

Time: 6-7.30pm (registration from 5.30pm)

Location: Law Foyer, Sydney Law School, Level 2, Building F10, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: Free, however registration is required. See link top of page

Contact: Professional Learning and Community Engagement (PLaCE) Team

Phone: 02 9351 0248