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With the state election around the corner on March 9 we have an opportunity. An opportunity to make sure the National Disability Insurance Scheme is not forgotten.
We want the Commonwealth and State governments to end the deadlock that is holding us back from bringing the NDIS to WA.
We also want to see no fault insurance introduced without delay to protect the thousands of West Australians injured in accidents, as is already happening in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania and which is crucial to beginning the National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIIS).
Barry Mackinnon who chairs the local Campaign Committee recently wrote to the leaders of all four WA parties asking them about their commitments to timelines and solutions re the NDIS and the National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIIS).
You can find out what each party is promising about the NDIS and NIIS below:
On Monday 18 February join us to take action – it’s easy to take part.
1. Be part of our media call
Support disability activist Samantha Jenkinson at a press conference at the Perth Federal Senate Committee hearing into the NDIS legislation and hear what the Senators have to say : 1 pm, 11 Harvest Terrace cnr Hay St, West Perth. (Wear your tshirt or grab one on the day). Also find out how you can attend the hearings and support those speaking up.
2. Make some noise on talkback radio
Ring or text talkback radio on Monday morning or afternoon
and tell them you want the next government to end the deadlock and see the NDIS delivered in WA. In the morning between 8.30 am and 12.00 midday contact Geoff Hutchison at 720 ABC local radio or Paul Murray on 6PR In the afternoon ring or text Howard Sattler 6PR Drive or Russell Woolf on 720 ABC Drive.
Tell them, no matter who wins the next election, it’s time our leaders do what it takes to ensure people with disability, their family and carers are given the support they deserve click here for speaking notes
Ever wondered what the NDIS Legislation might have in common with the infamous novel Fifty shades of Grey? Wonder no longer.
Guerilla advocacy group The Bolshy Divas have drawn some pretty interesting parallels in their submission to the Senate Committee Inquiry.
Here’s a sample ” …if you’re looking for a tale about power – who the dominant powers are and who has the smallest voice – you’ve got it….and just because we’re invited to make a submission – we don’t have to be…well submissive. Its our lives, after all. And isnt that what disability reform is supposed to be about? Changing the balance of power?”
You can read more of this very different submission and many more from around Australia on the Senate Committee’s website http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/ndis/submissions.htm
From West Australians with disability, their families/carers, service providers, advocates and supporters.
Dear Premier Barnett and Prime Minister Gillard,
Please be our champions and unite to find a way forward for the NDIS and WA.
Hundreds of thousands of West Australians with disability and their families are in limbo, waiting to find out when a combined disability system will enable them to live independent lives without huge financial, physical & emotional costs.
Senator Jan Mclucas said that November 28th is the likely date for the introduction of the NDIS legislation into federal parliament for its first sitting. The Senator was speaking at a morning tea hosted by Senator Louise Pratt in the electorate of Brand, the most marginal Labor seat in WA, to a number of local campaigners with disabilities as well as family/carers
After a summary from the senator to bring everyone up to date on progress toward an NDIS there were wide ranging questions that ranged from who would make the assessments to workforce capacity, information and referral and how to cope with the tyranny of distance in WA.
“When I was young I thought activism was a sprint ! Then later I realised activism was a marathon… And now, finally, I know the truth: Activism is a relay race.
WA disability activist Samantha Jenkinson not only likes this quote but lives it every day of the week. In recognition of her years of bringing disability issues to the fore, proposing solutions and creating disability networks, she is a National Disability Award finalist in the category of Minister’s Award for Excellence in Disability Reform.
Samantha sustained a serious spinal injury in a car accident 20 years ago in which she became quadriplegic. She then went on to get a degree in social work and has been active both professionally and personally in the disability sector ever since, working in both the West Australian and Victorian systems. In the latter she was employed first by a small service provider breaking new ground in providing brokerage for housing and support, and then by the Human Services Dept as a project officer for direct payments in their transition to individual support packages.
One of the constant asks from the campaign is to send your message to Canberra. If you are in the electorate of Brand you have a good opportunity to do that and to hear the latest on the NDIS. Senator Jan McLucas, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities is inviting you to morning tea and a chat about the scheme and its progress. The discussion will be hosted by Senator Louise Pratt.
Where : Electorate office of Special Minister of State Gary Gray – Unit 1/15 Kent Street, Rockingham.
When : 10.30 -11.30 7th November
RSVP on 9527 9377.
As Australia’s greatest ever Paralympian with a whopping 13 gold medals, swimmer Matt Cowdrey knows a lot about effort, determination and what is possible. Now he’s on radio Australia wide telling the nation that it is possible to get a better disability support system and end the struggle most disabled Australian face on a daily basis. And he’s asking everyone to support both the DisabiliTEA day and the campaign.
Matt has just voiced 3 community service announcement about the NDIS and DisabiliTEA which will be played on Austereo around the country starting Monday 21st October.
Have a listen here to Matts version NDIS-MC-30-26-1 and the one voiced by another of our champions Professor Fiona Stanley
While we are told that both the WA government and Commonwealth are still open to negotiations on NDIS launch sites there has been no further news on the resolution over who governance issues.
Yesterday the shadow Minister for Disability, Hon. Sue Ellery, asked Minister Helen Morton questions about the proposed launch site funding being made available to some of the many who are currently missing out in WA.
Disability Services Commission (DSC) in WA has released public information about various aspects of the NDIS and WA.
A series of fact sheets outline details of the proposal for an NDIS launch site in Western Australia ; an overview of the My Way project and information about the WA NDIS Reference Group. Click on the link below :
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- Several Federal Members of Parliament set to hold NDIS forums across Victoria, come and have your voice heard!
- Geelong is in for a double delight as two NDIS forums are held on February 8, 2013! Register today!
- Expert disability panel to discuss NDIS - Frankston - 5 December
- Upcoming NDIS forum in Benalla:15 November
- Rob Mitchell MP and Senator McLucas host NDIS forum in Seymour
- Chelsea, your Federal MP wants to hear your thoughts on the NDIS
- Senator Mclucas invites you to talk about the NDIS in Brand
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In the media
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- Asking our MPS to stand and deliver 26 November, 2012
- Media Release: CAMPAIGN REJECTS NDIS COST SCAREMONGERING 15 November, 2012