In the last few days, Premier Newman has received over 1090 emails from Queensland NDIS campaigners, urging him to rethink his economic priorities and place investing in the NDIS at the top of his to-do list.
Families of children with disability have visited the Premier at his electorate office, armed with long lists of how much it costs families to pay for early intervention therapy and equipment – that does not receive decent funding in Queensland.
National and Queensland media have reported the Premier’s refusal to reprioritise government spending to partially pay for an NDIS launch site, unlike LNP governments in NSW and VIC, whose initial reluctance evaporated in the face of public outrage.
And in the last few days Premier Newman’s approval rating has fallen by 9 points.
Maybe Premier Newman should listen to another LNP luminary – Jeff Kennett. The former Victorian premier – not known to be a big spender in his time running Victoria – has urged the federal Liberal-National Party to work out how to fund the NDIS. Jeff says:
“The NDIS is the most important social policy of our time.
We must work out how it can be afforded”
Like economic commentators across the country, Jeff Kennett knows that the NDIS is a good investment. It will generate a positive economic return on investment. And it’s a critical reform that is long-overdue to Australians with disability and their families.
Queenslanders who want our government to invest in the NDIS need to keep the pressure on our elected MPs an d our Premier.
Can you email Premier Newman today? Tell him Queensland cannot miss out on the economic and social benefits of the NDIS. We expect the Queensland government to outline a plan for how Queensland will invest in the NDIS.
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