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David Morrell wrote:
> Hello all,
> You may remember that a couple of weeks ago I passed the word about SOCOG
> (the Olympic Organising Committee) refusing to supply a blind man with the
> ticket ordering book in Braille.
> Bruce has just won an interim determination under the Disability
> Discrimination Act from the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.
> But the fight isn't over yet.
> Bruce is appealing for your support. Read on for more.
> David Morrell
> Disability Action Inc.
> Phone: +61 8 8352 8599
> Freecall: 1800 805 495
> TTY: +61 8 8352 8022
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> Web site: www.ozemail.com.au/~disactn
> Date: July 25, 1999
> Greetings Everyone
> This is a brief message that will be supplemented with more
> information in the next day or so. For now, I just wanted to let
> everyone know that yesterday the Human Rights and Equal
> Opportunity Commission granted our application for an Interim
> Determination in relation to my complaint against the Sydney
> Organising Committee Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG). I
> allege in the complaint that SOCOG are discriminating agaijnst me
> on the grounds of my disability, in that they have refused to
> make the Official Olympic Games Ticket Book available to me in
> braille. BCA, acting as my advocate, had made an application for
> an interim determination, the effect of which would be to ensure
> that I would still be able to apply for tickets after July 16
> (the closing date for applications for tickets using the order
> book) while the complaint was being arbitrated.
> In granting the application, the Commission said:
> "For the reasons given above, I find that there is a more
> than arguable case of disability discrimination raised by
> the complaint from Mr Maguire and that the balance of
> convenience is in favour of the interim determination
> being granted.
> I make, therefore, an interim
> determination in the following terms:
> "Pending the completion of the matter the subject of
> the complaint by Mr Bruce Maguire dated 7 June 1999
> (to the extent that it relates to the Ticket Book
> issued by SOCOG), SOCOG is to maintain the right of
> Mr Maguire to make an application for tickets to the
> Sydney Olympic Games after the closing date for
> application for tickets on 16 July 1999 and to make
> that application on the same terms and conditions
> that would have existed had the application been
> made on or before 16 July 1999."
> Earlier in the decision, the Commission indicated that it
> expected to be able to enquire into the complaint itself quite
> The granting of the interim determination represents, I believe,
> a significant victory in the quest for greater access to
> information in relation to the Olympics. However, it remains to
> be seen what the practical effect will be. SOCOG may choose to
> abide by it, or they may choose to ignore it. Interim
> Determinations are not legally enforceable without action being
> taken in the Federal Court, although they have considerable moral
> force. Such action would be extremely costly. I hope, however,
> that SOCOG will respect the determination, and we will be seeking
> clarification from them as soon as possible about their
> Thank you all for your continued support. I have been really very
> encouraged by the many messages of support that I have received
> in the past two weeks, as news of my action against SOCOG has
> spread. I would urge you to express your feelings to SOCOG,
> because pressure now might influence them to abide by the terms
> of the Interim Determination. The Chief Executive of SOCOG is
> Sandy Hollway, and his email address is
> [log in to unmask] The SOCOG telephone nmber is Sydney
> (+61-2) 9297-2000, fax 9297-2355.
> be assured that I will update you on this issue when we have more
> information about SOCOG's position. Please feel free to contact
> me directly, either by email ([log in to unmask]) or telephone
> (+61-2-9639-5346) if you would like to discuss the matter
> further. In particular, I'd be happy to email you a copy of the
> full text (17 pages) of the Interim Determination.
> Many thanks
> Bruce Maguire
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