September 09, 2015

Mitch Fifield has got it wrong again on the funding of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The NDIS was fully funded by Labor.


In the 2013-14 Budget, Labor clearly identified how the NDIS would be funded.


Labor introduced a 0.5 per cent increase in the Medicare levy that was supported by the then Liberal Opposition.


Labor also made responsible budget savings to pay for the NDIS.


This included $6.5 billion in savings by means testing the Private Health Insurance Rebate.


As well as $6 billion in reforms to retirement incomes, and more than $20 billion in other long term, structural savings. 


The NDIS is not an extravagant or unaffordable scheme – it is a scheme that was designed to improve the lives of people with disability.


The Productivity Commission made clear that the current system of disability support is broken, fragmented and unfair. Not only that but the cost of supporting people with disability and their carers would be greater without the NDIS.


Senator Fifield’s error comes as he again fails to guarantee the NDIS will be delivered on time.


In Senate Question Time today, he was asked by Labor:


Does the Minister guarantee the roll-out of the scheme by 2019?


But Senator Fifield again failed to guarantee the NDIS will be delivered on time.


People with disability can’t afford another broken promise from the Abbott Government.


The only way to end the uncertainty of people with disability is for Tony Abbott to sign the bilateral agreements with New South Wales and Victoria on the NDIS immediately.