About this seat
Macquarie, covering the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, is Labor’s most marginal seat this election. Labor MP Susan Templeman was elected in 2016 and won reelection in 2019, but barely, with a margin of 371 votes. The Greens are strong in some parts of the electorate, polling as high as 17% in some areas.
Did you know that in the Macquarie electorate there are:
3119 people that are NDIS participants.
2,489 people have jobs that have been directly created as a result – Disability Support Workers, Physiotherapists, taxi drivers and so on.
1244people have jobs that have been indirectly created as a result – for example, the cafes where Disability Support Workers have lunch, the petrol stations where the taxi drivers fill up and the physio equipment suppliers.
The NDIS also invests $348,641,820 into the local area, and that is just the conservative amount measured, it could really be anywhere up to $860,844,000.
That’s a lot of reasons to #DefendOurNDIS in Macquarie!
- Support is being cut for many people with disability across Australia. Every day we hear a new story from someone who has had their NDIS funding slashed, without any explanation. This leaves them without the support they need to live their best lives.
- This isn’t just about funding: it’s also about respecting and listening to people with disabilities.
- People with disability, our families, and the people who support us are still struggling through the pandemic, and now we’re being forced to fight the system that was designed to make our lives easier.
- The Federal Government now says the cost of the NDIS is blowing out – but they won’t release the basis of these claims.
- Research conducted in 2021 found for every $1 spent on the NDIS, local communities benefited $2.25. That’s money straight into the pockets of local support workers, manufacturers and small businesses.
- Australians with disability who rely on the scheme to visit family and friends, get support to work, or simply shower, eat and get into bed at the end of a long day – we cannot afford to live without the NDIS they fought so hard for.
Day of Action - local events in this seat
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!