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Premier's inaction sees WA isolated on the NDIS

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has said that WA Premier Colin Barnett should stop playing state rights politics with the NDIS.

"WA is now the only state or territory not involved in the NDIS, and as a West Australian, I'm ashamed by that," Senator Siewert said today.

"I will be the first to say that WA has done better with services for people with disability than other states have done in the past, but this is no reason not to join this transformative, national approach.

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WA still sidelined as the NDIS moves closer

The passage of the National Disability Insurance Scheme levy legislation through the Federal Parliament finally provides some security and certainty for people living with disability and their families.
Painfully, however, this doesn't apply to people in WA, as the Premier, Colin Barnett, continues with his refusal to commit to the scheme.
As Labor and Liberal Governments around the country have joined up, the Premier has been playing an increasingly unjustifiable game with Canberra.

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Greens look forward to NDIS debate, but people need to know where Mr Abbott stands

The Australian Greens welcome the Prime Minister's announcement that NDIS legislation will come before parliament in the next session and look forward to beginning negotiations as soon as possible," Australian Greens disabilities spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

"The government has always had the numbers for this legislation but has spent the past few days playing political games. They should now get on with negotiating an outcome," Senator Siewert said.

"The Greens are open to discussing all measures to fund this scheme.

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Greens support NDIS but seek clarification on DSP reassessments

The Australian Greens said today that they remain strongly supportive of the NDIS but are calling on the Government to clarify that they won't be reassessing people on Disability Support Pension to claw money back for NDIS.

"I am seeking clarification from Minister Macklin following reports today suggesting that people on DSP might face reassessments," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on disability services said today.

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More amendments needed for NDIS - Greens


The Australian Greens said today that further amendments would be needed to the NDIS legislation following the tabling of a Senate Inquiry report.

“The Australian Greens have supported the majority report of the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee Inquiry, but have also provided important additional comments and recommendations,” disabilities spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert said this afternoon.

“The Government should adopt the recommendations made in the committee’s majority report, along with the additional  recommendations made by the Greens.

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Australian Greens Welcome NDIS Inquiry to Hobart


The Australian Greens have spoken about the importance of a NDIS, as hearings for the scheme's legislation take place in Hobart today.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme legislation will provide essential support and assistance for Australians living with a disability and give individuals greater capacity to have control over the choice of care and support they receive. It is important, transformative reform.

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Greens call for concrete NDIS commitments

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has today called for the Government and opposition to provide certainty to people living with a disability and their families.

“The Greens support the cross-party commitment to implementing an NDIS, particularly the Government’s efforts to do so earlier than the Productivity Commission recommended,” Senator Siewert, Greens disabilities spokesperson said today.

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Government must ensure an inclusive NDIS planning process

The Australian Greens have used question time to raise concerns that people living with a disability are being left out of some planning aspects of National Disability Insurance Scheme.

"The Government today again acknowledged the current system is not meeting the needs of people with a disability, their families and carers," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Disabilities said today.

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