October 14, 2016

Key disability groups have slammed the Turnbull Government’s proposed NDIS savings fund, labeling it unnecessary and concerning. 

A Senate Committee hearing today heard from major disability groups all of whom said they were not consulted by the Turnbull Government on the fund.  

This is another embarrassing blow to Christian Porter and the Turnbull Government, following months of stuff-ups with the NDIS IT system.

Christian Porter needs to listen to the concerns of disability groups about his NDIS savings fund: 

 “It is not obvious why this new fund is needed. Its purpose, apart from the generic one of funding the NDIS, is not clear and we don’t believe it should be supported in its present form”

Peter Davidson – ACOSS

“The Alliance does not support the Savings Fund as constructed in the Bill… the notion of a funding shortfall portrayed in the Bill and Ministers speech is actually concerning and perplexing.

Alan Blackwood – Young people in Nursing Homes National Alliance

“It is believed that the creation of this Special Account … places essential disability services and supports as non-core business of the Australian Government, with their full funding being dependent on other budget savings measures identified by the Government of the day”

Stephanie Gotlib – Children and Young People with Disability Australia

Labor is concerned that this new account is a smokescreen for more cruel cuts by the Turnbull Government.

Australians will not accept more cruel cuts from this Government under the guise of funding the NDIS. The National Disability Insurance Scheme is already funded.


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