Some no-fault disability insurance history
Do you feel that you are drowning in a sea of references and market/medical jargon with nothing you can hang your hat on?
(If you get an error message, Google for the entire phrase as above. Trying to fix this)
Why cannot we, at this late hour, which is not of our own making, insist the terms of reference be amended? Doing this is in our interest, in that of carers and the disability industry, as for government. It is also possible.
What must go in:
- strong disability participation in NDIS Panel and inquiry structure
- disability definition
- needs definition
- vulnerability as important needs indicator
- reasons for the 'dysfunctional' service system
- examining quality of approaches to need
- clarifying the interests of people with disabilities, carers/families, services, government
- explicit underlying values of the inquiry itself
- funding for strong safeguards including advocacy
- strong independent evaluation provisions for NDIS
- possibly more... you name it
Why not press for this, while we still can? And if there are powerful reasons against pressing for this, lets hear them now.
There is not much time with 'community consultations' starting in April.
The only alternative is public protests, media exposure of an NDIS that excludes us, questions asked in Parliament, alternative actions of all sorts, dogging the consultations under this restrictive framework, at every step of the way. And this is quite possible too! By a constituency making up 20% of the population, plus their families and associates...
Is that what we want? Is that what the government wants?
What to do
You can tell the Minister yourself , The Hon Jenny Macklin here what you want to have changed in the terms of reference.
You can tell the Parliamentary Secretary for disability issues, The Hon Bill Shorten here.