SHADOW MINISTER FOR DISABILITIES, CARERS AND THE VOLUNTARY SECTORMANAGER OF OPPOSITION BUSINESS IN THE SENATESENATOR FOR VICTORIA
Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600 Tel 02 6277 3666 Fax 02 6277 575842 Florence Street Mentone VIC 3194 Tel 03 9584 2455 Fax 03 9584 8347 www.mitchfifield.com
27 June 2012
LABOR’S NDIS LIP SERVICE
The Labor Party and the Greens have struck a blow against a bipartisan and cross-party approachto the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).Today Senator Sue Boyce and I moved a motion in the Senate to establish a Joint ParliamentaryCommittee to be chaired by both sides of politics to oversee the implementation of an NDIS. MrGeorge Christensen has a similar motion listed for a vote in the House of Representatives.The introduction of an NDIS will span several parliaments. There needs to be a mechanism toelevate the implementation of this historic social reform above partisan politics.Disappointingly, the Labor Party and the Greens in the Senate voted against the establishment ofthe NDIS Parliamentary Committee. While the Government parties did support a separateCoalition moti
on declaring the Senate’s cross
-party support for an NDIS, in an act of hypocrisythey opposed the establishment of the committee that would have given expression and meaningto that support.The Leader of the Opposition has written to Prime Minister Gillard three times offeringbipartisanship and proposing a joint parliamentary oversight committee. The Prime Minister hasrejected the offer.Rather than engage constructively with the Coalition to see an NDIS become a reality, theGovernment has demonstrated that its words about working co-operatively and in a cross-partyway to introduce an NDIS are meaningless platitudes.Australians with disability are becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of information andconsultation about the design and implementation of the NDIS.A parliamentary committee would have provided a forum to ask the legitimate questionsAustralians with disability want asked.The NDIS should be owned by the Parliament as a whole, not by any political party.
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