Tuesday, 16 May 2017
Shorten must support Medicare NDIS levy
Dignity Party MLC Kelly Vincent
Dignity Party MLC Kelly Vincent is calling on Federal Labor to support the Federal Budget increase in the Medicare levy to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
“The NDIS is a once in a generation reform that is revolutionising the way disability services are delivered and it must be fully and sustainably funded,” says Kelly Vincent.
“If the Opposition vote down this key Federal Budget measure, they will risk the future of the NDIS.
“Polls released this week show the majority of Australians [Newspoll (54%) and Farifax Ipsos (61%)], support this modest Medicare levy increase, and Bill Shorten would do well to take note of their view.
“It’s rare for Australians to endorse a tax increase, so their backing of this Budget measure shows both an understanding that a disability safety net is essential and that it needs community funding support through the Medicare levy.
“The disability community has fought long and hard to have the NDIS and we’re not going to allow a funding compromise just as the nationwide roll-out commences.
“It is important to remember that funding for the NDIS is an investment, since disability can affect any of us. Being born with a disability, or acquiring one later in life, is not something you can predict so it makes sense to have a universal levy system in place that taxes people on their ability to pay, just as we have in our healthcare system.
“Whether you have a health condition, or a disability, the mark of a civilised, wealthy society is to be able to access timely, safe, quality services and care for as long as you need it.
“The modest Medicare levy will help ensure this and Dignity Party strongly urge bipartisan and cross-party support in both houses of the Federal Parliament.
“While in Government, Shorten was a staunch advocate for the NDIS, so not to endorse its funding is petty politicking,” said Ms Vincent.