Queenslanders for NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme)
To: Premier of Queensland
The Community Safeguards Coalition (CSC) urgently calls on the Premier of Queensland to agree to and participate in the NDIS. This is the greatest reform Australia has ever undertaken for people with disabilities but Queenslanders are going to miss out because this government states that "we don't have the money". We ask you Mr Newman not to leave Queenslanders with disability behind.
Why is this important?
The NDIS will give people with disabilities and their families the natural authority to take control of their own lives; to choose where and with whom they live; to decide how their support needs can best be met; to participate in their local community - in other words, to lead an ordinary life like anyone else. This is a right not a privilege. CSC has been witness to people with disability having their rights trampled on and we strongly believe it is time to make restoration through the NDIS. The NDIS is entirely different to the current model of support for people with disabilities. It means that if you are eligible for support, then you are entitled to support. That is not the current situation in Queensland - you may be eligible, but it doesn't mean that you will automatically get support from government. The NDIS will give people with disabilities life long support which gives a sense of security and peace of mind. If Queensland does not agree to be part of the NDIS Queenslanders with a disability will remain in a situation where getting support is like winning the lotto. With the implementation of the NDIS, if you are eligible, you are entitled to support. CSC is a network of people with disabilities, families, friends, advocacy agencies and allies of people with disabilities in Queensland. We believe that people with disabilities have a right to a good life with relationships with others, that they enjoy being part of the community in real and meaningful ways and are entitled to relevant and helpful supports that maximise their social and economic participation. This is not a political or economic issue it is a citizenship issue for all people with disability to have their full citizenship rights realised in Queensland and Australia. [image copyright and used with permission of Queensland Advocacy Inc.]