The Australian Greens said today that any Government attempt to scale back the NDIS to save money would go against the spirit of the scheme and harm Australia's productivity.
"The Government has lined up the NDIS as part of its cost-cutting regime. Cutting costs will impact on services and the availability of the scheme to people with disability, meaning some will miss out," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on disability issues said.
"Today we have seen the Treasurer defending the paid parental leave scheme, by saying it would improve productivity and workforce participation, missing the point that a strong NDIS will also boost productivity by ensuring more people with disability are able to enter the workforce and participate across our communities.
"The same arguments the Treasurer uses in favour of the PPL apply equally to the NDIS. Increasing productivity and supporting people to participate in our communities and workplaces is essential.
"NDIS chairman Bruce Bonyhady is quoted in the media today as saying that around 1% will be added to Australia's GDP as a result of the scheme.
"This makes it all the more concerning that the Coalition could be compromising the performance of the NDIS through funding cuts, or creating uncertainty about the scheme's future capacity.
"The Government needs to continue the cross-party commitment shown to the NDIS and ensure that service levels or accessibility are not reduced for the sake of cutting costs," Senator Siewert concluded.