Greens want NDIS scrapped

Comment News (Gosnells) - - State Election '17 - Sophie Moore

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.

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