Dr Tony Buti MLA
Directions is privileged to have Dr Tony Buti MLA as our patron. Prior to becoming the Member for Armadale in October 2010, Tony lectured in law at the University of Western Australia, having studied at UWA, Australian National University, Oxford University and Yale University, obtaining a Diploma of Education, Bachelor of Laws, Masters of Industrial Relations and a doctorate in law. Tony has worked as a high school teacher, lawyer and legal academic. He has co-produced and co-directed a documentary on racial vilification in the AFL, and written books, articles and other publications on the Stolen Generations, British Child Migrants, human rights, and disability discrimination. Dr Buti’s most recent book ‘A Stolen Life: The Bruce Trevorrow Case’ is a moving and emotional tribute. Tony’s PhD from Oxford University in the area of guardianship law and stolen generation is a testament to his empathy, respect, determination and compassion. In March 2021, Dr Buti was appointed Minister for Finance; Lands; Sport and Recreation; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests under the McGowan Labor Government.
“I am privileged to the patron of Directions. The organisation has changed from being a small provider in Armadale to providing a broad range of services across the metropolitan area. I am pleased to say that this growth has happened while still maintaining the family feel of the organisation, with personalised support that focuses on each individual person. It has been a challenging time to provide support to people with disabilities during the transition to the NDIS. Directions has met these challenges head on and managed the changes and different funding arrangements behind the scenes in order to enable people to access the support they need to reach their goals and have fulfilling lives. I am very proud to be Patron of Directions. I commend the staff for providing the very best in community services for people with disabilities and their families, and wish them well.”