Matt Laffan memorial address on social justice

19 June 2013


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Guest speakers

  • Stella Young,editor of ABC's Ramp Up, disability advocate and comedian
  • Dr Peggy Dwyer, Barrister


On Sunday 1 March 2009, Sydney Law School alumnus Matt Laffan passed away after he fought and lost the biggest battle of his colourful and active life. In memoriam of the significant impact Matt has had in his short life, Sydney Law School has established an annual social justice address in his honour.

This year's address will be held on Wednesday 19 June, commencing with a recollection of Matt Laffan by barrister Dr Peggy Dwyer, followed by an address by Stella Young, disability advocate and editor of ABC's Ramp Up.

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 speakers

Stella Young

Stella Young is Editor of ABC's Ramp Up website, the online space for news, discussion and opinion about disability in Australia, a disability advocate and comedian.

Stella has been active in the disability community in a variety of roles, including membership of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council, Ministerial Advisory Council for the Department of Victorian communities and Women With Disabilities Victoria. She was a two-time state finalist in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival's Raw Comedy competition; and has hosted eight seasons of Australia's first disability culture program No Limits.

With a strong interest in issues facing women and young people with disabilities, Stella has worked with the Youth Disability Advocacy Service to establish the LiveAccess project, advocating for better access to live music venues. Prior to joining the ABC, Stella worked in Public Programs at Melbourne Museum.

Dr Peggy Dwyer

As a barrister, Peggy appears in a wide range of criminal matters, including jury trials, contested hearings, appeals, Children's Court matters and Parole Board hearings. Peggy has appeared as counsel in jury trials in NSW, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

She has a busy practice in coronial proceedings, appearing as Counsel Assisting the Coroner (in the NT and NSW) and counsel for interested parties. She also has a significant interest in medical law and appears in disciplinary tribunals including the Medical Tribunal and Medical Council, for both prosecution and defence.


Sydney Law School is wheelchair accessible. Lecture Theatre 101 is a tiered venue, however positions are available for wheelchairs.This lecture will have Auslan Interpreter provision.

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

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

Location: Auditorium (LT101), Sydney Law School, Level 1, Building F10, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: Free, however registration is essential

Contact: PLaCE Team Leader

Phone: 93510248

Email: 144e406d0059133642450d3f38085d0f35450b1524584e21