The Australian Greens today put their support behind Campaign Enable, an action plan to mobilise people living with disabilities in marginal electorates being coordinated by the Australia Fair lobby group.
"There is a drastic need for a national disability employment plan," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.
Disability rights campaigners have identified a list of key marginal seats where the number of people receiving the disability support pension is much greater than the number of votes needed to swing the seat.
"The government's recent changes to the Disability Support Pension introduced as part of Welfare to Work have made life a lot tougher for people with disabilities and their carers," said Senator Siewert.
"People are being shifted from disability pensions to Newstart Allowance, reducing their income but are not receiving adequate training or support necessary to get a job."
"Now these very same people are realising that they could have the power to turn the tables on the government and affect the outcome of this crucial federal election," said Senator Siewert.
"Hopefully this will force both the Howard Government and the ALP to address these problems, and come up with effective strategies accordingly."
"The Greens have been actively campaigning for disability rights for years and welcome the focus on disabilities as an election issue," she concluded.