In The Media | 4 January 2015

NDIS funding: Cry of blackmail at move to slash welfare


When a teary Julia Gillard introduced legislation to fund the cost of the national disability insurance scheme in 2013, it was hailed as a great example of bipartisanship, warmly embraced by all sides of politics and the public.

Over the past 18 months, the tone has deteriorated amid speculation about cost blowouts, inadequate care plans for trial participants and qualifications of disability carers.

Freshly minted Minister for Social Services Scott Morrison’s pre-Christmas announcement that welfare spending would have to be slashed to fund the insurance scheme, did nothing to assuage concerns.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald