February 01, 2016

Scott Morrison has once again wilfully lied about the fiscal sustainability of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.


In a press conference this morning, the Treasurer said:


‘We all know the funding shortfall that’s there with the NDIS.’


The only shortfall here is Scott Morrison’s commitment to the truth.


It is completely wrong to say the National Disability Insurance Scheme is not funded. This is the second time in three days the Liberals have been caught out lying about the NDIS.


The Government can pay for its share of the NDIS. The last Labor Government made sure of it.


In the 2013-14 Budget, Labor 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 – including 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 National Disability Insurance Scheme is already transforming the lives of thousands of Australians with disability. This is the biggest social reform since Medicare and it is being delivered on time and within the budget.


The NDIS is also an investment in our economic future. The Productivity Commission found it will be far more efficient than the existing broken system, will boost our GDP by billions of dollars and create more jobs.


Every time Mr Morrison launches another shameless and baseless attack on the National Disability Insurance Scheme, he is undermining the future of the scheme and casting uncertainty over lives of hundreds of thousands of Australians living with disability.


It is unforgivable for him to put his own politics ahead of people with disability. Mr Morrison should be ashamed of himself.


When it comes to the NDIS, the Liberals are putting politics first and people with disability last.




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