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Professor Emeritus Ron McCallum AO

19 January 2012

The Senior Australian of the Year, Professor Emeritus Ron McCallum, packs more into each day than most of us could fit into a week or more.  Blind since birth, Ron is a champion of equal rights for working people everywhere and his diary is always chock full of meetings, conferences and launches. 

On top of his part time University teaching and his consultancy with a law firm, Ron is the Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Deputy Chair of Vision Australia and sits on several other committees.  An expert in Industrial Relations law, Ron delivers keynote addresses, conducts master classes and participates in debates and panel discussions. In the past few months his involvements have taken him to New York (twice), Geneva (twice), Seoul, Leipzig and Bangkok.  As Senior Australian of the Year he recently spoke to groups in Darwin and Alice Springs. 

‘I knew I was in for a boost to my workload but it’s actually been a welcome pleasure to talk to students and at business forums about such things as ethics, fairness and leadership.’  

As he comes to the end of his tenure as Senior Australian of the Year, Ron can rightly be pleased at the wonderful example he has set not only for senior Australians but for all of us. 

The Senior Australian of the Year, Professor Emeritus Ron McCallum, packs more into each day than most of us could fit into a week or more.  Blind since birth, Ron is a champion of equal rights for working people everywhere and his diary is always chock full of meetings, conferences and launches. 
On top of his part time University teaching and his consultancy with a law firm, Ron is the Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Deputy Chair of Vision Australia and sits on several other committees.  An expert in Industrial Relations law, Ron delivers keynote addresses, conducts master classes and participates in debates and panel discussions. In the past few months his involvements have taken him to New York (twice), Geneva (twice), Seoul, Leipzig and Bangkok.  As Senior Australian of the Year he recently spoke to groups in Darwin and Alice Springs. 
‘I knew I was in for a boost to my workload but it’s actually been a welcome pleasure to talk to students and at business forums about such things as ethics, fairness and leadership.’  
As he comes to the end of his tenure as Senior Australian of the Year, Ron can rightly be pleased at the wonderful example he has set not only for senior Australians but for all of us.

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