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International Day of people with Disability

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 3 Dec 2007

The Greens today called for the newly sworn-in Rudd Government to take action on the International Day of people with Disability.

"People with disabilities and their carers are some of the most disadvantaged in our community. Mr Rudd said one of his key areas of interest was the treatment of people with a disability, and today is the perfect opportunity for him to exercise immediate action," said Senator Siewert.

The Greens are calling on Mr Rudd, as a matter of urgency, to finalise funding and operation of the Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement (CSTDA), implement the recommendations of the bipartisan Senate report, and significantly increase Commonwealth funding.

"The Senate report made clear that significant changes are needed to the agreement. The committee identified whole-of-life planning, specialised assessment teams, indexation, portability and advocacy as key areas. And, most importantly, the need for more money," said Senator Siewert today.

"There is an urgent need to commit more resources to tackle growing unmet need in disability support services. Mr Rudd needs to adopt the Senate committee recommendations and ensure that the next CSTDA delivers real changes for people living with disabilities."

"We know that there are not enough support services to go around, and we know that, with an ageing population, the problem will only continue to get worse," she said.

"It is time to show some national leadership and some heart," she concluded.

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