The Treasurer, Scott Morrison must not hold the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to ransom in tonight’s Budget.
The last time Scott Morrison tried to hold the NDIS to ransom he faced massive community backlash.
The NDIS was fully funded by the former Labor Government in the 2013-14 Budget.
This included a 0.5 per cent increase in the Medicare Levy and a range of other revenue and savings measures including introducing a means test on the private health insurance rebate.
The figures underpinning these savings were developed and published by the Treasury—led at that time by Martin Parkinson, now the secretary of the Prime Minister's Department.
The NDIS is a bipartisan reform that should be above politics.
Linking harsh cuts to the NDIS creates fear and uncertainty in the disability community and undermines confidence in the scheme.
The last time the Turnbull Government tried to do this, key disability groups and Paralympian, Kurt Fearnley slammed the proposed NDIS savings fund labelling it unnecessary and concerning.
"It is mischief … it is political opportunism and it is just wrong.”
"To say that the NDIS isn't important and that we need to directly grab money from X to pay for it … it hurts our community and the country as a whole."
Kurt Fearnley, Australian Paralympian
In tonight’s Budget the Turnbull Government must ensure that the NDIS is delivered in full and on time.
TUESDAY, 9 MAY 2017