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Vale John Moxon

In the early hours of Monday morning -- not long after I published my post on Sunday in which I wrote about my friend -- John Moxon lost his struggle against COVID-19. The death of a friend, leader and Australian change-maker for decades has been felt deeply and widely across the disability community.

John was President of the Physical Disability Council of New South Wales (PDCN) in the 1990s and early 2000s. In 1999 John Chaired the selection panel that appointed me to be PDCN Executive Officer. They offered me the job. Me and Susi, to whom I was married at the time, moved to Australia.

I worked alongside John for the next five years. We shook some trees. We had some laughs. We disagreed from time to time but not about anything that mattered.

Our colleagues at PDCN posted this brief tribute to John this morning on their twitter feed.

PDCN is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of founder, past President, lifelong member & fierce advocate John Moxon yesterday, after a determined battle with COVID19. A champion in #disability rights in Aust. Our sincere condolences to Margaret & family.

John and Margaret are my friends and fearless leaders. Inseparable, it seemed.

You do not have to be a Marxist to agree with this next bit:

"The philosophers have only interpreted the world in many ways. The point, however, is to change it."

John changed our world forever. For the better.

With my love and condolences to Margaret and the whole Moxon clan.

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