Funding the National Disability Insurance Scheme is not a ‘fantasy’, it’s a reality.
In the 2013-14 Budget, the former Labor Government clearly identified how the NDIS would be funded for ten years.
This included a 0.5 per cent increase in the Medicare Levy. The Medicare Levy was always intended to cover some – not all – of the cost of the NDIS.
That’s why Labor made responsible Budget choices to help fund the NDIS. This included means testing the Private Health Insurance Rebate, reforming retirement incomes and other long-term, structural savings. Once the scheme is fully rolled out, State and Territory Governments will fund nearly half of the cost of the scheme.
The NDIS is already transforming the lives of Australians with disability for the better.
The NDIS is being delivered on time and within budget.
There is no evidence of a cost overrun, as the Government's own officials confirmed earlier this year:
Government Official: “Frankly Senator there have been many, many inaccurate news reports about cost blowouts in the NDIS, and they are all inaccurate…I can say on the record that the NDIS is tracking to budget.”
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The NDIS is also a vital investment in our economic future. The Productivity Commission found it would boost our GDP by billions of dollars a year and create more jobs.
The Government must also know the NDIS was funded by Labor. Why else would it happily sign bilateral agreements for the full rollout of the scheme?
Would the Prime Minister seriously have signed bilateral agreements for the full scheme without knowing how it is being funded?
People with disability, their families and carers have waited their whole lives for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
They deserve better than to be constantly misled about the funding of the NDIS.
MONDAY, 4 APRIL 2016