TURNBULL MUST GUARANTEE NO CUTS, CAPS OR DELAYS TO THE NDIS
January 23, 2017
Malcolm Turnbull must give a guarantee to people with disability and their families that the NDIS won’t be cut, capped or delayed, following yesterday’s announcement of a Productivity Commission review into the NDIS.
The NDIS is the biggest social policy reform since Medicare – it’s important that we get it right.
But this review was always about making sure we get the best possible NDIS for people with disability, not an excuse to cut costs.
People with disability, their carers and families have been waiting their whole lives for the NDIS. Any cuts, caps or delays would be completely unacceptable.
In recommending the NDIS in 2011, the Productivity Commission made it clear that the old system of disability support system was “underfunded, unfair, fragmented, and inefficient”.
Since being established by Labor in 2013, the NDIS has transformed the lives of thousands of people with disability across Australia.
The NDIS is now entering an important transition phase, that’s why the scheme needs certainty, good governance and strong leadership.
Unfortunately, during Christian Porter’s stint as the Minister for Social Services, the NDIS has been troubled by chronic IT problems and a gutless decision to sack Bruce Bonyhady as Chair of NDIS Board.
Labor will continue to hold the Turnbull Government to account for their management of the NDIS.
SATURDAY, 21 JANUARY 2016