The Every Australian Counts campaign welcomes the statement on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) by the Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott at the National Press Club today in Canberra.
Mr Abbott has today given the strongest statement of support for the NDIS from the opposition saying that:
“The coalition strongly supports the Productivity Commission’s recommendation for a disability insurance scheme but, with an estimated price tag of $6 billion a year this important and necessary reform can’t fully be implemented until the budget returns to strong surplus”.
John Della Bosca National Director of the Every Australian Counts Campaign said “The Every Australian Counts campaign welcomes Mr Abbott’s statement in support of the NDIS. It’s significant that in Tony Abbott’s first major speech for the year he has made the NDIS one of 3 priority areas that the Coalition would address if elected into Government”
“For more than a year we have been campaigning for an NDIS. Across Australia more than 700 hundred people with a disability and their families have visited their local MP’s. They all told similar stories of a disability system that is underfunded and inefficient and often leaves our fellow Australians in a state of financial and emotional crisis. The statement from opposition leader Tony Abbott today is another sign that our parliament is listening”.
“The NDIS is now supported by both the government and the opposition”.
“The disability community welcomes the bi-partisan support for the NDIS. To fix the crisis in our disability system we want to see this bi-partisan support translated into real action. We hope 2012 will be the year the agency to run the NDIS is legislated, the launch sites to start the NDIS are announced and the funding for the scheme is outlined. The disability community has waited long enough. Now is the time to make the NDIS real”.
John Della Bosca concluded: “Aspiration and in principle commitments from all political parties are welcome and provide some hope but what the disability community wants is real action, fixed timelines and a guarantee on how the scheme will be funded ”.
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