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Transformative change in disability services essential for equal future- Greens

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 12 Jul 2010

The Australian Greens have announced their commitment to transformative change in disability support services and support the principles underpinning of the proposal for a National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson on Disabilities says the Greens will work with Australia’s next government to ensure the rights of people living with a disability are upheld, and that personalised support services are made readily available.

“Advocacy groups around the country, including the Mad As Hell campaign are calling for meaningful government action, and we will be making sure that occurs,” Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“Independence and self determination are key factors in anyone’s life, regardless of their differing abilities,” said Senator Siewert.

“It is a basic human right as well as being good economic and social policy that a person with a disability – no matter how the disability was acquired – should have appropriate and adequate support services that are equitable, efficient and fair.

“The disability support system, in its current form is reactionary and overly complex. It further marginalises people within our community, rather than providing everyone with the ability to participate equally in all aspects of our social, political, economic and cultural lives.

“The proposal for a National Disability Insurance Scheme provides us with the opportunity to develop a framework for changes to the way in which we deliver services to people with a disability and their families.

“Australians believe in opportunities and equal rights for all people, and the campaign around the NDIS is providing the momentum to radically improve the lives of thousands of Australians and their families,” Senator Siewert concluded.

Click Here to read the Greens policy on transformative change in disability support services.

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