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Don’t fund the NDIS with cuts to social services and childcare

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Don’t fund the NDIS with cuts to social services and childcare


Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia), is alarmed and concerned that the Federal Government is linking budget cuts in the Omnibus Bill, now before the Senate, with funding for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
 
“We are shocked and troubled about this announcement from Treasurer Scott Morrison that once again links cuts to social security with funding for the NDIS,” said Ms Therese Sands, Director, DPO Australia.
 
“We have stated clearly, including in our pre-budget submission, that we reject any ties to funding the NDIS by cutting social security. We strongly reject measures that would seek to fill any perceived or potential shortfall in NDIS funding through a shift in revenue from other human services. ”
 
“We have campaigned over the last year against the creation of an NDIS Special Savings Fund because of our fear that it would be used in exactly this way, creating an expectation that the NDIS will be funded from ongoing trade-offs against other equally important human services expenditures. This is exactly what is happening, even before the Bill for the establishment of the Special Savings Fund has passed the Senate.”
 
“The NDIS provides essential ongoing support for many people with disability in Australia. These same people with disability will also be hurt by the proposed cuts to income support, childcare and family payments. These cuts are counterproductive to the aims of the NDIS, and it is simply unacceptable that funding for the NDIS should be linked to measures that will see so many other people in our community worse off.”
 
“The Government must stop this kind of politicisation of the NDIS and restore certainty to people with disability across Australia by taking the funding out of the budget cycle,” said Ms Sands.
 
“Trading off essential and vital disability support with cuts is a false economy that will hurt many people with disability and is simply not on, completely unfair, and goes no way to ensure the long term sustainability of the NDIS, which the Government says is the intention.”
 
“The NDIS is not a political football to be tossed around like this. People with disability across Australia will be rightly very angry and concerned about this decision. We call on Senators to block these measures and halt this ongoing trade-off for NDIS funding,” said Ms Sands.
 

 

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El Gibbs, Communications and Media Manager
People with Disability Australia
0408 682 867

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) is an alliance of four national Disabled People’s Organisations (organisations made up of and led by people with disability).

DPO Australia was founded by, and is made up of the First Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDNA) representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability, the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) representing culturally and linguistically diverse people with disability, People with Disability Australia (PWDA) a national cross disability organisation and Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA), the national organisation representing women and girls with disability.

 

 

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Media Release 25 Jan 2017

The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) is again questioning the policies of the Department of Immigration and that of the Minister after fresh reports of yet further discrimination against people from our culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities living with disabilities.

Suresh Rajan NEDA President said, “this current example of a family facing deportation based on the disability of a child is offensive and unacceptable; it further demonstrates that this Government has little concern for those people that have chosen Australia as a place to live; choosing to discriminate against them based on their disability”.

“It is disgraceful that so close to Australia day, a day when we celebrate all that is good about being Australian and the diversity of this wonderful country, that we would discriminate against a family based solely on the disability of a child” stated Dwayne Cranfield, NEDA CEO.

SBS news reports that Sumaya Bhuiyan, a Bangladeshi teenager who has lived in Sydney for eight years, is facing deportation and could be expelled from Australia as soon as Friday of this week. 16-year-old Sumaya has been diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder. She only knows Australia as her home.

Sumaya’s parents are both medical practitioners working in the community, with their employer considering them to be valuable assets to the Australian community. Sumaya has the support of her family and the wider community; she attends a “special needs school”, and her parents have been pushing the case that the costs of her disability are minimal and will be met by her family.

Assistant Immigration Minister Alex Hawke declined to intervene in the case and has stated that the minister is not compelled to intervene and that he is not obligated to defend his decision.

NEDA has in the past advocated for families in similar circumstances and notes that a number of these rulings have been overturned. We call on the Assistant Minister to show compassion and do the decent thing in allowing Sumaya to stay in Australia.

“Again we see people being devalued based on the discrimination of disability. They are being reduced to a mathematical formula with regard to cost and burden. People are much more than numbers on a page” said NEDA President Suresh Rajan. NEDA calls on Minister Dutton to overturn this callous decision., For further information follow the link below and sign up to the Change.org campaign.

https://www.change.org/p/department-of-immigration-and-border-protection-please-do-not-deport-daughter-of-2-full-time-doctors-because-of-her-developmental-delay?recruiter=76288083&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

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Media Release 8 Dec 2016

 

The National Ethnic Disability Alliance “NEDA” holds grave concerns for the many people living with disability who are eligible to access the NDIS given the recent developments in Western Australia with the WA Government deciding to “go it alone” with their own scheme.

“I have every reason to believe that if WA had followed the national model and not a hybrid state version, we would have a truly national scheme that will be appropriately resourced, funded and administered. One word of caution must be issued at this point. Whatever disability system is adopted in WA it is imperative that people with disability are included in designing and implementing the system” stated NEDA President Suresh Rajan.

Another issue that is significant is that of the portability of benefits PWD’s can achieve across States and Territories. Assurances that this portability will be assured by way of agreement across the Premiers of each state have to be viewed with concern. WA’s experience in the allocation of GST revenues is a very troubling precedent. We have already seen the NDIA within the ACT, state that they are at capacity; will this be magnified in WA if they have an independent scheme? 

WA is already cash strapped with the economy feeling the downturn from the mining sector. If WA opts out of the national model, it will seriously put at risk the well-being of people with disabilities. If the state is not able to match the Commonwealth scheme because of its economic woes. 

“Of additional concern for NEDA is involvement of disability consumers from within the CaLD community. The NDIS is already investing in and developing strategies to engage parts of the community that are difficult to connect and engage with due to such things as Language difficulties; Will WA now need to develop all of these tools “in-house” or will the national body share these strategies and engagement process nationally? If WA were to go it alone, it might be many years behind in targeting those people most at risk because of a lack of policy development and engagement strategies” stated Mr Rajan.

If you require any further information, please contact the NEDA CEO Mr Dwayne Cranfield on 02 62626867 or Suresh Rajan NEDA President on 0413436001.