Pressure on MPs to Back Disability Scheme

Supporters of the National Disability Insurance Scheme will target Labor MPs in marginal seats to place pressure on the Gillard government to fully fund the scheme in the May budget.

Campaigners Every Australian Counts will on Thursday urge their 150,000 supporters to contact Labor’s most endangered MPs such as Western Sydney MP Michelle Rowland, and Darren Cheeseman, the member for the marginal Victorian seat of Corangamite.

While Victoria, NSW, Tasmania and the ACT have agreed to participate in the July launch of the scheme, only NSW and South Australia have made an agreement with the Commonwealth to fund the scheme in the long term.

Every Australian Counts national campaign director John Della Bosca said he feared the scheme could ”slip off the radar” and wanted the Commonwealth to provide funding for a truly national scheme in the budget.

”This is the make or break budget for guaranteeing safe passage of the NDIS and we want the government to hear this from as many people as possible,” he said.

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National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Dan Harrison

The Age

Date published:
Thu 18th Apr, 2013