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ELDER ABUSE ACTION AUSTRALIA (EAAA)

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On 14 June, Commonwealth-Attorney General Hon Christian Porter MP gave the keynote address to launch EAAA. Other speakers included Russell Westacott, Jenny Blakey and Scott McDougall.

HON CHRISTIAN PORTER MP

Commonwealth Attorney-General

An Australian politician and lawyer who is the current Attorney-General of the Turnbull Government, in office since 20 December 2017. He was elected as the Liberal Party member for the federal Division of Pearce in the 2013 federal election. From Perth, Porter attended Hale School, the University of Western Australia and later the London School of Economics, and practised law at Clayton Utz and taught law at the University of Western Australia before his election to parliament. Before his election to the federal parliament, Porter had served in the Parliament of Western Australia. He first entered the Legislative Assembly after winning the seat of Murdoch in a 2008 by-election following the death of the sitting member, Trevor Sprigg, and he was subsequently elected to the new seat of Bateman at the 2008 general election. After the Liberals formed government, Porter was appointed Attorney-General in the Barnett ministry. In December 2010, he was also appointed Treasurer, and held both portfolios until June 2012, when he resigned from the ministry to contest the 2013 federal election. Prior to assuming his current position, Porter was Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister in the Abbott Government from December 2014 to September 2015 and then Minister for Social Services in the Turnbull Government from September 2015 to December 2017.

RUSSELL WESTACOTT

Chief Executive Officer, Seniors Rights Service

Russell joined Seniors Rights Service as CEO in January 2011. Russell has 30 years’ experience of working in non-government-organisations (NGOs). He worked for several organisations in the HIV sector and has worked for both state and national organisations. Russell has implemented projects in each state and territory in Australia in collaboration with local partners. He has worked on international projects in the South Pacific, South Africa and has represented Australian community-based groups at the United Nations. During the period 2001 to 2005 Russell worked in New York City at one of that city’s largest NGOs. Russell has an interest in the human rights of individuals who are often marginalised. Russell has studied at the University of NSW in Politics and International Relations and Sociology.

JENNY BLAKEY

Manager, Seniors Rights Victoria

Jenny has been the Manager of Seniors Rights Victoria since October 2010. Seniors Rights Victoria provides information, support, advice and education to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights, dignity and independence of older people. In the previous seven and a half years Jenny held management roles in community services in the alcohol and other drug sector, as manager of Outreach Services at Windana and manager of Mary of the Cross, part of CatholicCare. Before this Jenny worked in community legal centres for 15 years. This included 3 years as the Manager at Fitzroy Legal Service and several years as the Manager at the Welfare Rights Unit (now known as Social Security Rights Victoria). In the past, Jenny has held various board and management committee roles, including 3 years as the chair of the Fitzroy Legal Service and 2 years as the chair of the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA).

SCOTT MCDOUGALL

Director and Principal Solicitor, Caxton Legal Centre

Scott McDougall is the Director and Principal Solicitor of Caxton Legal Centre in Brisbane. Scott has a long held interest in the representation of disadvantaged litigants, particularly indigenous people, and has conducted a wide variety of cases in the Queensland and Commonwealth jurisdictions. Scott is a past President of the Queensland Association of Independent Legal Services (QAILS) and is presently a member of several committees including Legal Aid Queensland, First Nations Advisory Committee, UQ Pro Bono Centre Advisory Board, and the Queensland Law Society Access to Justice Committee. Scott was involved in the design and development of the multi-disciplinary elder abuse response model that has operated successfully in Queensland for more than a decade.