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LIBERALS MUST TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR MISMANAGEMENT OF NDIS

Wednesday 30 June, 2021

Australian Greens Disability spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said projections in the 2021 Intergenerational Report (IGR) did not support the Morrison government's claims the NDIS was growing unsustainability nor justify cuts to the scheme.

Senator Steele-John said the Morrison government were not being transparent with the community about claimed 'cost blowouts' in the NDIS.

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NDIS AGE CAP BOTH ARBITRARY AND DISCRIMINATORY

 

Tuesday 22 June 2021

Australian Greens Disability spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has backed calls for the NDIS to scrap its age cap and allow disabled people over the age of 65 to access the supports they need to live a good life.

Senator Steele-John said it was both arbitrary and discriminatory to block disabled people over the age of 65 from accessing the NDIS.

"Older Australians with a disability deserve to be able to access the supports and services that they need to live a good life, just like everyone else," Steele-John said.

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PREMISE OF NEW NDIS FUNDING MODEL A LIE: STEELE-JOHN

Thursday 3 June, 2021

A report titled Plan Flexibility and Budget Planning, released today and intended to dispel concerns, confirms many of the community's worst fears about the Morrison government's proposed changes to the NDIS.

Australian Greens Disability Rights and Services spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said that, contrary to the stated aims of the proposed changes, disabled people would have significantly less choice and control under the new funding model.

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Pause to planned NDIS changes must be permanent

Australian Greens Disability spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said today the Government's plans to stall the introduction of compulsory independent assessments was an acknowledgement of the broad opposition to the controversial changes from disabled people and peak advocacy organisations.

"It's pretty clear that the new NDIS Minister has seen the writing on the wall about compulsory independent assessments," Steele-John said, "Which is a direct result of pressure from our community, who have been campaigning against them from the very beginning!"

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NDIS Tune Review never intended to recommend independent assessments

As revealed in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Morrison Government's proposed independent assessments changes to the NDIS were never originally recommended as part of the Tune Review, instead they were inserted by a public servant on behalf of the government.

Australian Greens disability spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said this shocking revelation was conclusive proof that independent assessments were about saving money, not about making the scheme work for disabled people.

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Minister Roberts' comments a smokescreen for NDIS 'power grab'

Australian Greens Disability spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has labelled comments made this morning by Minister Robert about the NDIS as cynical, misleading and offensive.

"Minister Robert's comments about our NDIS are deeply concerning and a smokescreen for a much broader power grab from the Morrison government," Steele-John said.

"If a disabled person who is a participant of the NDIS can show that a support or a service they wish to include in their plan is reasonable or necessary, then the scheme is working as it should.

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MYEFO: more than 90% of budget surplus is due to a structural underspend in the NDIS

Australian Greens Disability Rights & Services spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said the vast majority of the government's reduced budget surplus of $5.1 billion - announced today in the Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook - was coming from a structural underspend in the NDIS.

"This is a government who is boasting about balancing their books on the backs of disabled people and our families," Steele-John said today.

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Morrison blackmails Parliament over the NDIS

The Australian Greens said today that linking the NDIS to cruel budget cuts is a poor start for the new Social Services Minister Scott Morrison, and that the multi-party support for the NDIS should not be undermined.

"Scott Morrison isn't a full day into the job and he is already signalling the lows we can expect from the Government," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

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Investment and support needed to deliver an effective NDIS

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to provide the investments and support needed to fully deliver the NDIS.

"Any substantial reform package takes time to be fully and effectively implemented, and the Government needs to stay on course to ensure the NDIS is delivered as intended," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on disability issues said today.

"The Federal Government needs to ensure the appropriate resources and investments are made available to address concerns with the NDIS, so that the scheme can reach its potential.

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NDIS cost cutting risks accessibility, services and productivity

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.

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