Malcolm Turnbull has failed to appoint a Minister for Disability in today’s Ministerial shakeup, leaving Australians with disability without a clearly identified representative in the Parliament.
At a crucial time in the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme – the biggest social reform since Medicare – there is no one in the Government that has clear responsibility for its full roll out.
The transition to full roll out of NDIS in Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and Western Australia remains uncertain with bilateral agreements yet to be signed.
Hundreds of thousands of Australians with disability, their families and carers have already lost one of their strongest advocates when the Abbott / Turnbull Government cut the position of Disability Commissioner.
People with disability also lost important community voices when the Abbott / Turnbull Government cut funding to peak disability support and advocacy organisations – organisations like Brain Injury Australia, Blind Citizens Australia, and Deaf Australia which support the rights and needs of Australians with disability.
Today Malcolm Turnbull is continuing Tony Abbott’s savage cuts and disregard to people with disability.
Malcolm Turnbull’s new Cabinet makes it clear that nothing has changed for people with disability.
SUNDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER 2015