In The Media | 14 February 2017

Turnbull government ties welfare cuts to NDIS funding

The Turnbull government is ramping up the pressure on Labor and the Senate crossbench to support its welfare cuts by declaring the savings will be used to help fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The government had already earmarked $1.6 billion from its so-called omnibus bill – which contains cuts to family payments, paid parental leave and the dole – to pay for its new streamlined childcare subsidy system.

Now in a bold bid to secure more Senate support for the measures, Treasurer Scott Morrison says the balance of the savings – about $3 billion – will be put in a “locked box” special account to fund the full rollout of the NDIS.


Source: The Sydney Morning Herald