KEVIN ANDREWS DEMONISING PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS IN SEARCH FOR MORE CUTS

January 29, 2014


People living with a mental illness are the latest group of vulnerable Australians to be added to the Abbott Government’s hit list, with reports in today’s Australian flagging Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews, is considering ways to push people with mental illness off the Disability Support Pension.

This is the latest attack on vulnerable Australians from the Abbott Government - last week it was young people with disability, this week it is people with mental illness.

“This is a true-to-form Coalition tactic; creating a sense of crisis to pave the way for savage and cruel cuts to some of the most vulnerable members of the community”, said Shadow Minister for Families and Payments, Jenny Macklin.

“This Government’s priorities are completely twisted.

“People with mental illness should not be further disadvantaged in order to pay for this government’s budget, particularly not an unaffordable Paid Parental Leave Scheme that will give $75,000 to wealthy women to have a baby.

“Kevin Andrews is continuing to mislead Australians about the Disability Support Pension. The reality is that the number of people receiving the Disability Support Pension is actually falling. It has dropped by nearly 8000 in two years. This is because of Labor’s reforms to get people off welfare and into the workforce,” said Ms Macklin.

“People with mental illness and the sector that support them have worked hard to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness” said Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Jan McLucas. 

“Kevin Andrews’ misleading and deceptive comments only serve to further demonise people with mental illness. This does nothing to help them into work,” she said

Each time Kevin Andrews goes after another vulnerable community, Labor will continue to call it for what it is – a savage attack on vulnerable Australians in a search for cuts.

WEDNESDAY 29 JANUARY 2014

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