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The National Disability Strategy Consultation Report has identified ‘the adequate financing of disability support’ as one of its four strategic priorities.
The report, ‘Shut Out: the Experience of People with Disabilities and their Families in Australia’ was prepared by the National People with Disabilities and Carer Council. It was informed by the views of hundreds of people who attended National Disability Strategy consutations and over 750 written submissions.
The report noted the need for a lifetime care and support scheme …
A national insurance scheme that would cover the costs of those with disabilities should be investigated, says the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services, Bill Shorten.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Mr Shorten will today make public a discussion paper calling for a national plan for people with a disability. ‘It argues that the existing system of providing services to those with disabilities is too flawed to be fixed and needs to be replaced.’
Saturday’s AM program on ABC radio featured an interview by Nance Haxton with Bruce Bonyhady.
The catalyst for the interview were the two recent devastating events – in South Australia and NSW – involving teenagers with a disability. The events are the sign of a disability system in crisis.
In the interview, Bruce Bonyhady called for national reform – a National Disability Insurance Scheme.
‘Disability is something that can affect anyone but won’t affect everyone, and so the fairest way of funding such a scheme would be some sort of national levy, like the Medicare levy.
The President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) has highlighted his support for a long-term care entitlement scheme for Australians with severe disability.
Speaking at the National Press Club in Canberra, Dr Andrew Pesce said that this was an idea that the AMA would be championing during his term as President.
AMA policy supports the ‘establishment of a long-term care scheme for the provision of benefits and services on a no-fault basis to:
Alan Jones has once again strongly supported a National Disability Insurance Scheme, in an interview with Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities, Bill Shorten.
Jones reminded listeners that, ‘No one wants to remember that one of the big ideas adopted at PM Kevin Rudd’s 2020 Summit was a National Disability Insurance Scheme’.
Shorten indicated that he supports the implementation of such an insurance scheme, but admited that it ‘won’t happen quickly’. Jones asked Shorten why we can’t have a Medicare type disability levy, which he feels would have public acceptance. Shorten confirmed that more research needs to be done to customise a system for the country. This was supported by caller, Mary Lou Carter who urged the government to conduct a feasibility study for an NDIS.
A new National Disability and Carer Alliance (NDCA) has identified the campaign for a National Disability Insurance Scheme as one of its first priorities.
The Alliance brings together Australia’s major disability and carer organisations – with representatives from the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, National Disability Services and Carers Australia.
Its vision is an Australian society that ensures the equal social, economic, civic and cultural participation of people with disabilities, their families and carers.
Today, ABC Radio National’s Saturday Extra featured an extensive interview with Yooralla Chairman, Bruce Bonyhady, who spoke compellingly about the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Host, Geraldine Doogue, gave the topic her usual thoughtful attention, allowing Bruce to share details about the scheme, the work of the Disability Task Force and the necessity for a full feasibility study.
Download or listen to the interview with Bruce Bonyhady on the ABC Radio National website.
The broad support for an NDIS continues with strong endorsement by 2GB’s Alan Jones in his radio show on Friday 12 June.
In an interview with Ken Baker of NDS, Alan unreservedly expressed his committment to the idea.
in the highlights of Alan’s show from Friday (second item in the highlights).
Ringing endorsement from the 2009 ACTU National Congress, with these recommendations in the Social Inclusion and Workforce Participation Policy paper…
National Social Entitlement Scheme for People with Disabilities
51. Congress calls for the thorough examination of a fully funded, no-fault, national disability insurance scheme. Such a scheme should not displace workers’ compensation or transport accident schemes. It should go further than the current proposal, agreed to by Community and Disability Services Ministers in 2008, for nationally consistent outcomes for motor vehicle accident victims and development of a no-fault catastrophic injury scheme.
Thanks to The Australian for their great coverage of the NDIS.
An excellent article by Bruce Bonyhady in the 7 May edition of The Australian champions the idea of a National Disability Insurance Scheme saying it, ‘is too important and far reaching to be left just to governments, people with disabilities, carers and disability organisations. It needs everyone’s support’.
This was followed up by an Editorial in the Weekend edition of The Australian on 30 May. An admirable idea, puts the point very clearly, ‘It is clear that Australia’s fractured, under-resourced disability support systems need an overhaul’ … ‘State and federal taxpayers already fund disability services, but for the cost of a minimal investment shared across the community, an NDIS would generate the resources to provide the disabled, and their families, with security and peace of mind’.
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