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Greens concerned by proposal to limit NDIS access

 

The Australian Greens today expressed concern about the proposal to limit access to the NDIS to those who acquire their disability under the age of 65. Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on disabilities said this would create a two tier system with those acquiring a disability over the age of 65 receiving less support.

"During the Senate inquiry I chaired this year into ageing with a disability, evidence was presented about the poorer services available to those living with disability over the age of 65," said Senator Siewert.

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Premier Barnett out of touch about NDIS

 

The Australian Greens have accused WA Premier Colin Barnett of being out of touch with his constituents.

 

Senator Rachel Siewert has called on the WA Premier to get out of his office and go and talk to people with a disability.

 

“He will quickly find that there is strong support for a NDIS in WA," Senator Siewert, Greens Spokesperson on Disability Services said.

 

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Strong 'DisabiliTea' turnout a reflection of growing support for NDIS

 

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has congratulated organisers of this year's DisabiliTea, and says politicians can longer turn a blind eye to the growing support for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

 

Nearly 900 teas were registered across Australia and more than 46,000 supporters signed up to the Every Australian Counts campaign for an NDIS. "This movement can no longer be ignored by the political parties.

 

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Brandis backs off

A week after being ruled out of order for insulting the (Greens) Speaker of the ACT Legislative Assembly, Shane Rattenbury, Liberal Senator George Brandis has withdrawn the remark and apologised in the Senate this morning.

"It was bad behaviour, in particular because it denigrated the presiding officer of another parliament, not a fellow Senator who has the ability to seek a remedy in the chamber," Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"Out of bad behaviour has come a good precedent in terms of Senate procedure," Senator Brown said.

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