NDIS back­flip an in­sult

Myrtleford Times - - Letters To The Editor -

PEO­PLE with dis­abil­ity around Aus­tralia are reel­ing af­ter the trea­surer’s back­flip on fund­ing for the NDIS.

We are stunned at the news that the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment is walk­ing away from the com­mit­ment to fully fund the NDIS, now and into the fu­ture.

Last year, the Prime Min­is­ter said that the in­crease to the Medi­care Levy was es­sen­tial so that “it is fully funded so... you will know the money is there”.

Peo­ple with dis­abil­ity feel be­trayed and am­bushed by this de­ci­sion and are left won­der­ing what else is in this year’s bud­get?

The rev­enue mea­sures an­nounced to­day by the trea­surer are only for this year, and will not guar­an­tee fund­ing for the NDIS in the fu­ture.

The Medi­care Levy in­crease was in­tended to guar­an­tee fund­ing for the NDIS in the longterm.

Now, we are back to the un­cer­tainty around the NDIS, and fight­ing for fund­ing at every bud­get.

Last year, we joined with ACOSS and AFDO to call for se­cure, suf­fi­cient and sus­tain­able fund­ing for the NDIS.

A strong, well-funded NDIS ben­e­fits our whole com­mu­nity, as peo­ple with dis­abil­ity are better sup­ported to fully par­tic­i­pate eco­nom­i­cally and so­cially.

“The NDIS is about pro­vid­ing es­sen­tial daily sup­ports for peo­ple with dis­abil­ity, so we can fully par­tic­i­pate in so­ci­ety.

We are not sec­ond class cit­i­zens that should be re­liant on so-called big hearts.

Our sup­ports must be an in­te­gral part of Aus­tralia’s so­cial in­fra­struc­ture.

We are now left to go cap in hand at each and every bud­get which is un­ac­cept­able.

We are sick of what is hap­pen­ing to the NDIS and call on the Gov­ern­ment to put peo­ple with dis­abil­ity back at the heart of every de­ci­sion that is be­ing made. Therese Sands, Co-CEO, Peo­ple with Dis­abil­ity Aus­tralia

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