April 12, 2018

Nobody is more committed to ensuring the long term success of the National Disability Insurance Scheme than Labor.

Labor created the NDIS and we fully funded it.

The future of the NDIS is secure under a Shorten Labor Government.

The important thing is that both sides of politics are committed to the secure and stable funding of the NDIS. 

Labor has a plan that is better and fairer for the Budget, and raises $4.5 billion more than the Government’s proposed tax rise over ten years. We want to increase the Medicare Levy for people earning above $87,000 and keep the Deficit Levy for those income earners earning more than $180,000.

The Turnbull Government’s plan to increase the Medicare Levy would increase the tax burden on vulnerable people earning as little as $21,000 a year.

It means a worker on $55,000 would pay $275 extra a year in tax, while someone on $80,000 would face an extra $400 in tax.

Stagnant wages, falling living standards and record levels of underemployment all mean that low and middle income Australians are less able to pay more tax than they have in the past. 

Low and middle income Australians are not as well placed to pay more tax as they were four years ago.

Independent research from ANU's Centre for Social Research and Methods shows that twice as many households would be worse off under the Coalition’s plan than Labor’s plan.

Let’s not forget that right now the Turnbull Government wants to give a $65 billion handout to big business and the banks – that’s money that’s coming out of the Budget.

The task now for everyone is to resolve the problems with the rollout of the scheme to ensure we get the best possible NDIS.

To do this, the Turnbull Government must immediately lift the staffing cap on the National Disability Insurance Agency so that when people in the community contact the Agency they are responded to promptly.

This staffing cap is responsible for the long delays we are now seeing in some areas with people waiting months to access the NDIS.

It is also vital that participants are able to see a draft of their plan before it is approved.

We hear countless stories from people who are dealing with plan reviews over mistakes that would never have been necessary had a draft plan been showed to them first.

There are also significant problems with the NDIS IT system that need to be resolved immediately. It has been reported that the NDIS owes disability service providers around $300 million for services provided under the NDIS, this is simply not good enough.

The task for us all is to ensure that the NDIS fulfils its promise to so many Australians with disability that have their hopes for a better life pinned on the NDIS.


Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra