Chesters welcomes DisabilityCare funding announcement

Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today welcomed the Labor Government's announcement of a strong and stable funding stream for generations to come for DisabilityCare Australia, the national disability insurance scheme.

“Many Bendigo people living with a disability, their families and the organisations supporting them are set to be the big winners from today's extension of the Medicare levy to fund DisabilityCare,” Ms Chesters said.

“Labor is transforming disability services by creating and locking in funding for DisabilityCare Australia, the national disability insurance scheme.

“DisabilityCare, also known as the NDIS, could assist almost 3,400 people in the Bendigo electorate.”

“I know from meeting with many of these people, their families and the organisations that currently work with them how important this reform is.

“I am reminded of one Bendigo mother who said in a recent local Labor Carers’ forum, 'All I want is for my daughter to live a good life and right now she can't because there just isn't the disability care she needs.’

“I support the Labor Government’s proposal to increase the Medicare Levy by half a percentage point from 1 July 2014 – this will take the Medicare Levy from 1.5 per cent of taxable income to 2 per cent. For someone earning around average wages of $70,000 a year, this will be a modest contribution of about 96 cents a day.

This long overdue reform will provide certainty and security for the 410,000 Australians with a disability, their families and carers, and will ensure they get the care and support they need over their lifetime. It is the most fundamental social policy reform since the introduction of Medicare.

Disability does not discriminate. Anyone, at any time, could have an accident that results in permanent disability and, tragically, children will continue to be born with a permanent disability. Today the Labor Government is standing up for those with a disability and 
providing certainty for their future.