Politicians need to do better with NDIS

So here we are again, with politicians bouncing the issue of better support for people with a disability around the floor of Parliament House like the proverbial football. 

Unfortunately all that’s being achieved is a massive own-goal. 

At what point did it seem like a good idea to pit welfare and families against the National Disability Insurance Scheme? 

For starters, it’s not even a logical argument when the Productivity Commission found that the NDIS would be more cost-effective than the status quo. 

So, having dispensed with the notion that there was a cheaper alternative, the only thing that can be called into question is that of “need”.

Do our politicians believe that people with a disability need and deserve more and better than they’ve historically received, or don’t they? 

People across this country have suffered immeasurably as a result of a devastatingly underfunded disability sector. 

And now, implicitly, they’re being asked to apologise for getting what they need, to the detriment of their fellow citizens. 

There was never any question that the introduction of the NDIS would be a steep learning curve, and an expensive one at that, but giving with one hand while taking away with the other is downright cruelty. 

Andrew Donne, 

Endeavour Foundation chief executive 

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