December 15, 2014

Tony Abbott and Kevin Andrews must stop demonising people on the Disability Support Pension (DSP), and instead find ways to support people with disability to find and keep work. 

Kevin Andrews’ latest thought bubble indicates once again that this government has no plans to help people with disability find work – they just want to punish them. 

All year, Tony Abbott and Kevin Andrews have embarked on a campaign of demonization against people with disability.

First, they claimed that the welfare spending was out of control.

This was a lie. Australia’s spending on welfare is well below the OECD average.

Then they claimed the DSP was out of control.

In fact, Labor oversaw the biggest decline in the number of people coming onto the DSP in 30 years. The growth in the number of people coming onto the DSP is in line with population growth more broadly. 

Even after yesterday’s unemployment figures, Tony Abbott seems intent on kicking people when they’re down, instead of helping them find and keep work.

Tony Abbott’s budget of lies and broken promises includes pension cuts that will leave people with disability $80 a week worse off.

The McClure Review looks set to implement yet another round of cuts to people on the DSP.

Kevin Andrews should give people with disability the security they deserve, and rule out a further round of cuts to some of the most vulnerable people in our community.