Greens want NDIS scrapped
THE WA Greens have called for the deal between the State and Federal governments over the National Disability Insurance Scheme be scrapped due to a lack of transparency and contribution from people with disabilities and their families.
Greens disability spokeswoman Alison Xamon said people with disabilities were denied control and choice over the deal.
“As more detail comes to light there are increasing concerns that people with disabilities who live in WA will be left with lesser packages than their counterparts in the eastern states," she said.
Ms Xamon said people were still waiting to see results from the two trial sites.
“The whole deal has been shrouded in secrecy.”
Disability Minister Donna Faragher expressed anger at the Greens, who she said were “risking” the NDIS rollout in WA.
“Labor and now the Greens are prepared to put that process on hold, which will only create uncertainty and delays for people with disability, their families and carers,” she said.
“The State Government has worked incredibly hard to get this agreement to give certainty to people with disability.
“I am angry that this is being put at risk.”
She said the government had committed “West Australian money to West Australians with disability.”
“We are controlling the admin costs here which means we won’t end up paying for other states,” she said.
“Having signed a bilateral agreement with the Commonwealth, the Liberal government has a clear plan on the rollout of the scheme.”
Ms Faragher said she had released the independent evaluation of the two NDIS trials run to show that the government had made the right decision by committing to a WA NDIS.
Armadale was the first NDIS trial site WA.
“The report clearly shows that the WA NDIS local delivery model is superior and better ‘fit-for-purpose’ than the NDIA trial arrangement,” she said.
The NDIS roll out begins July 1.
Greens candidate for Armadale Anthony Pyle, a disability support worker, said the NDIS was a very complicated issue.
“We need to make sure people are consulted properly,” he said.
“The concern is we’ve taken away giving them a choice, so whatever approach we take we have to make sure people with disabilities are listened to and have an opportunity to be included in decision making.”
He said people did not want to pay the cost of the full WA NDIS model.
“The cost of the WA model will be coming directly from the taxpayer, rather than the model of funding signed up to by the other states,” he said.
WA Greens candidate for the North metropolitan region and disability spokeswoman Alison Xamon.