Reposted from an online story By Karen Ashford, SBS Radio
A South Australian MP and disability advocate fears Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s decision to combine disability care into the social services portfolio, could jeopardise delivery to remote communities.
MP Kelly Vincent from South Australia’s Dignity for Disability party is concerned the National Disability Insurance Scheme trial, which began in July, will lose priority if it is combined with general social issues.
Ms Vincent says indigenous people – who experience disability rates double that of the general population – are yet to be properly consulted on the changes.
She told Karen Ashford the roll-out of the Scheme in areas such as the APY Aboriginal Lands is now behind schedule and she wants to ensure the government doesn’t cut corners in order to catch up