Election ’22

Western Australia region

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Our National Day of Action on April 28th is a time when everyone – whether you’re an individual or an organisation – is welcome to host your own events and activities (or join in on someone else’s) all across the country. Because together we are powerful!

Below, you can take our pledge to participate in our National Day of Action, and tell us how you’d like to help.

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Every vote counts in this election. But in about 20 electorates around the country your vote could make a big difference.

Day of Action - local events in this region

Our National Day of Action on Thursday, April 28 is a time when everyone – whether you’re an individual or an organisation – is welcome to host your own events and activities (or join in on someone else’s) all across the country. Because together we are powerful!

Young, Powerful & Engaged: CYDA’s Federal Election forum

Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) is hosting a free, online forum for young people and our wider community to hear from Australia’s major parties what they are promising children and young people with disability in the Federal Election.

There will be a Q&A for young people to directly ask political leaders about the election issues that are important to them.

Panelists:
– Senator Hollie Hughes
– Hon Bill Shorten MP
– Senator Jordan Steele-John

Date: 18 May | Time: 7-8pm AEST

Location:

Organisation/host: Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA)

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Self advocates and supporters rallying in the streets of Melbourne.

Melbourne march + rally against NDIS cuts & appeals

The NDIS exists to help people with disability and families to get the essential supports needed to live a decent life.

But over the last couple of years, people with disability, families and advocates are being increasingly forced to go to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) to get back the supports that have been cut from their NDIS plans without explanation.

We will hear from NDIS participants, families, advocates about their experiences and why this is so important.

And we’ll take the 10 minute journey from the NDIA to the AAT – a journey that far too often takes more than 10 MONTHS.

We will have Auslan interpreters there, and we will livestream the event (with captions) on our Facebook page and YouTube channel for people who can’t be there with us in person.

Date: May 19 | Time: 11am - 12pm AEST (Melbourne time)

Location: 367 Collins Street Melbourne (NDIA Melbourne CBD head office) - then March to the AAT at 15 William Street Melbourne., Melbourne, Vic 3000, AU

Organisation/host: Every Australian Counts

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Reasonable and Necessary Election Special Series Watch Party

This is an Every Australian Counts partnership event with Dr George Taleporos’ special election series of Reasonable and Necessary.

You’ll hear what Australia’s NDIS politicians have planned for our NDIS. And what a lineup! Linda Reynolds, Bill Shorten and Jordan Steele-John.

And in our final episode we will bring together Australia’s leading disability advocates to analyse everything that’s been said.

The questions that I’m asking have come from you, sourced from advocacy organisations also including People with Disability Australia (PWDA), Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA), Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO), and National Disability Services – who have partnered with me to bring you this very important series.

Date: 4 episodes being released on May 9, 11, 13 and 16. | Time: 6PM AEST

Location: https://www.facebook.com/everyaustraliancounts/

Organisation/host: Every Australian Counts in partnership with the Reasonable and Necessary podcast

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Defend our NDIS over a zoom screenshot

Defend Our NDIS Big Night In

Catch up with people from all over the country online, to hear about what everyone got up to after our efforts on the National Day of Action. And help us all keep up the energy and come up with ideas to keep the pressure on our pollies this election.

Date: 28 April | Time: 7 pm - 9 pm (AEST)

Location: Online

Organisation/host: Every Australian Counts, Teamwork Works

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Defend Early Childhood Intervention Through NDIS

Online meeting with the Team to reflect on the importance of NDIS for young children and families.

Date: 28th April | Time: 2.00

Location:

Organisation/host: EarlyEd

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Family Advocacy

Family Advocacy’s Social Media Blitz

Can you help us make some noise this Thursday, 28 April?

As part of the Defend Our NDIS National Day of Action, Family Advocacy are having a social media blitz. Share our posts, retweet our tweets, tag NDIS Minister Reynolds and call your local Federal member.

Our NDIS is at a crossroads. It’s not the NDIS we fought so hard for, or the NDIS Australians deserve. A federal election is just around the corner. Let’s show our political leaders just how important it is that we Defend Our NDIS.

Follow us on Facebook at familyadvocacynsw or Twitter @FamAdvocacyNSW

Date: 28 April | Time: All day

Location:

Organisation/host: Family Advocacy

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Defend the NDIS: A Sort Your Support online forum

Sort Your Support is hosting a forum with people with disability and their supporters to discuss how the NDIS can be fixed. The NDIS should be something to be proud of, a rights based funding system to enable people with disability to live an ordinary life. The NDIS in its current form is not what was promised. Funding has been cut from plans, wait times are getting longer, and people are needing to fight NDIS lawyers to get the support they need. Something has to change.

Date: April 28 | Time: 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM AEST

Location: Online (Zoom)

Organisation/host: Sort Your Support

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Join SACID crew and #DefendOurNDIS

Adelaide (Online): SACID Crew Defend Our NDIS

Join us for an Hour of Power!

We’re ready to #DefendOurNDIS and would love you to be part of it.

There’ll be fun and easy ways to take part, have your say and who knows maybe even some dancing and music!

By the end of the hour of power, we’ll put together a mighty big message that we’ll share with politicians and candidates about why the NDIS matters in this election (and the future!)

It’ll be on Zoom, so you can take part from wherever you are across South Australia (and be safe).

Date: 28 April | Time: 2pm - 3pm ACST

Location: Zoom (online)

Organisation/host: South Australian Council on Intellectual Disability (SACID)

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Melbourne (Online): Defend Our NDIS Morning Tea

Join Melba Support Services CEO Hayley Dean at our online rally and be a part of the National Day of Action to stop the cuts! Learn how you can help make this campaign visible in communities and how to influence candidates ahead of the election. Set aside 20 minutes in your calendar – all are welcome. Bring friends and family along to show how much we care about a strong NDIS.

At 10am on Thursday 28 April, grab a coffee or tea and enter the zoom room here: https://zoom.us/j/99296897519

Date: 28 April | Time: 10:00 am (AEST)

Location: Online (Zoom)

Organisation/host: Melba Support Services

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Perth: Defend Our NDIS Event

The event will see local candidates for Swan come together with people with disability, their families, carers and service providers speaking up for the NDIS they were promised. Please arrive at the South Perth Community Centre at 10:45 am for an 11:00 am start. Please register via the link below.

The event location is subject to change due to rain. Please check back here for updates.

Date: 28 April | Time: 10:45 am (AWST)

Location: South Perth Community Hall, South Terrace & Sandgate Street, South Terrace, South Perth WA 6151

Organisation/host: Avivo and WA Blue Sky

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Defend our NDIS SWAN

Online: Defend Our NDIS SWAN Australia Event

Syndromes Without a Name (SWAN) Australia is hosting a virtual Defend Our NDIS event for the National Day of Action. If you cannot attend, we invite you to submit a video about your recent experience with the NDIS. You can also use our template letter to email your candidates with SWAN asks this election. Contact SWAN Australia CEO Heather Renton for more info or guidance.

Date: 28 April | Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (AEST)

Location: Online

Organisation/host: Syndromes Without A Name (SWAN) Australia

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You Need Us

I’ve written a new poem and I am going to explain what is happening to me re-NDIS on a zoom event at 12pm on that day 28th and put out the video of it on YouTube  and my Website.

Date: April 28 2022 | Time: 12pm AEST

Location: Online

Organisation/host: Sam Petersen

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An Online Chat About Why ‘Defending Our “NDIS” is Important to Us on a Personal Level

This is an online event via ‘Messenger Rooms”, which can be accessed via “Facebook”, or via ‘Messenger App”.

Date: Saturday 7th May, 2022 | Time: 5.00pm (AEST)

Location:

Organisation/host: Tiffany Trudgeon

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#DefendOurNDIS Twitter Storm

In a galaxy not so far away, on the eve of Every Australian Counts #DefendOurNDIS National Day of Action there’s going to be a Twitter Storm … get your fingers or voice to text options warmed up..

Join for a fast-paced hour of all things #NDIS
– why it matters
– the difference it has made
– the missing tier
– research it has ignored
– the future & more

Let’s get it out there just what the pollies & everyone needs to know as we head to #Election2022 #AusVotes

Date: 27 April | Time: 8-9PM (AEST)

Location: Twitter

Organisation/host: Aine Hillbilly

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Latest news and opinion

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One of the things people with disability and families have been asking their federal election candidates to reflect on this year is a promise to bring the NDIS back on track with it’s original intentions. To look at why we all fought so hard for the NDIS in the first place. What were the ideas, intentions and principles behind the idea for an NDIS? Our friends from PIAC have written a new helpful explainer…

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