Janine Freeman MLALabor Member for Mirrabooka

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WA Labor welcomes National Disability Insurance Scheme

Thursday 11 Aug 2011



"The scheme would ensure certainty of funding for the care and support of people with disabilities in Western Australia and cover the costs of their long term care." said Janine Freeman MLA, Member for Nollamara.


"Federal Labor's scheme will provide personalised support for all Western Australians living with disabilities and their families and carers," she said.


"It's now up to the Barnett Government to cooperate with Federal Labor to ensure Western Australians receive maximum benefits from this once in a lifetime chance for funding for people with disabilities.


"The Barnett Government's own figures show that seven out of 10 people with a disability or their families applying for urgent funding for accommodation or in-home intensive support are rejected during each of the WA Disability Services Commission's quarterly funding rounds.


"This government has failed to consult with those WA families struggling every day to survive with limited or no assistance. Families that need the NDIS.


"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to make major change in the lives of those with disabilities."


Shadow Minister for Disability Services, Sue Ellery repeated her call for the Barnett Government to follow the lead of the new Liberal Government in Victoria and establish a community reference group to advise it on the establishment and implementation of the NDIS and how to make it work to improve the lives of Western Australians with disabilities.


"This would ensure the scheme reaches the people who need it most," she said.


"The Barnett Government must also work with other states and territories to ensure Western Australians receive maximum benefits of the scheme."