TONY ABBOTT MUST KEEP HIS PROMISE TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY AND SIGN THE NSW AGREEMENT
August 26, 2015
Labor calls on Tony Abbott to immediately sign the bilateral agreement with New South Wales on the transition to full roll of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
This agreement has been ready for weeks.
Tony Abbott should overrule Treasurer Joe Hockey and Minister Mitch Fifield and end the uncertainty for people with disability in New South Wales.
Reports last week suggested that Joe Hockey opposes signing a deal with the New South Wales Government on the full rollout, leading a discussion at a recent meeting of the Expenditure Review Committee to delay the NDIS. A leak from Cabinet also revealed the bilateral agreement with NSW was considered.
Meanwhile Mitch Fifield continues to weasel his way through questions, refusing to provide assurance to people with disability, their families and carers that there will be no cut and no delay to the full roll out of the NDIS.
Before the election, Tony Abbott promised to deliver the NDIS on time and in full.
People with disability cannot afford another broken promise from Tony Abbott.
There is no reason to delay the NDIS in New South Wales.
The recent Quarterly Report on the NDIS shows it is delivering in trial sites on time and on budget.
Already over 4,600 people with disability in New South Wales have approved plans.
Tony Abbott should immediately sign the agreement with New South Wales so that every person with disability in New South Wales can benefit from the scheme.
People with disability have waited long enough.