The 2013 Budget set out a 10-year funding plan for the NDIS. This included a 0.5 per cent increase in the Medicare levy, but also several other savings and revenue measures.
These savings measures included:
- Private health insurance rebate reforms;
- Changes to retirement incomes;
- Changes to tax concessions for fringe benefits;
- Changes to tobacco excise indexation;
- Changes to import processing charges.
So what have the Liberals done with the revenue from these savings?
The Liberals actually voted for many of the savings identified by the former Labor Government to pay for the NDIS.
Not only did the Liberals vote for many of these Budget measures – some of them even passed the Parliament after the 2013 election, when the Liberals were in Government. These savings were not zombie measures.
For the Liberals to now claim that these measures weren’t dedicated to funding the NDIS amounts to an effective theft of funds that were intended for people with disability.
The Liberals say they can afford a $50 billion handout to big business but they can’t afford the NDIS for some of the most disadvantaged members of the community. It’s not right and it’s not fair.
The Turnbull Government should stop talking down the NDIS and get on with the job of delivering for people with disability.
MONDAY, 20 FEBRUARY 2017
Attachment: Chart 3, DisabilityCare Australia, Tabled Treasury Document, Senate Estimates, 5 June 2013