Kelly in the Media

Vincent guest at breakfast

Monday 23 January 2017
Port Lincoln Times

THE youngest woman elected to an Australian parliament and the first Australian to be elected on the platform of disability rights, Kelly Vincent, will share her story in Port Lincoln on International Women’s Day next month.

Ms Vincent will be the guest speaker at the Port Lincoln Zonta Club’s breakfast at the Port Lincoln Hotel on March 18.

The Dignity Party representative was elected to the Legislative Council in 2010 but before entering parliament, she was involved in professional playwriting and performance and she remains an active patron of the South Australian arts community.

Ms Vincent was listed in The Advertiser’s inaugural Young Guns – Ones to Watch and the International Women’s Day list of South Australia’s Most Influential Women and she was a  finalist in the Daily Life ANZ Women of the Year awards.

She is regularly contacted by people in crisis, often due in part to the disproportionate amount of time people with disabilities have to spend battling with bureaucracy simply to gain fair access to the world others take for granted.

Ms Vincent said her goal was to make herself redundant and this goal would be realised when having a disability in Australia no longer constituted a full-time job.

Ms Vincent is a prominent and respected advocate for people with disabilities and their family carers, believing the biggest thing that needs to shift and change are people’s attitudes to disability.

She will be an inspirational speaker.

The International Women’s Day breakfast will also include the presentation of the Port Lincoln Zonta Club’s annual Women of Achievement Awards to recognise local women who are making a difference in the community.

Tickets to hear Ms Vincent speak at the International Women’s Day breakfast will be available from Chrissee on 0428 830 256 from February 1.