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Endeavour Foundation has joined an alliance of ten disability groups to call on Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to commit to the creation of a dedicated disability service portfolio if they win the election.
The alliance, of ten of the sector’s most significant players, also included National Disability Services, Cerebral Palsy League, Spinal Injuries Association, Lifeline Community Care, Children with Disability Australia, AEIOU Foundation, Multicap, Centacare and Life Without Barriers.
Endeavour CEO David Barbagallo said the alliance called on all political parties to indicate their support for Australians living with a disability by committing to this essential and emblematic measure.
An estimated one in five Australians* is living with a disability, representing a considerable voice at the ballot box.
“Both parties have indicated they believe disability is a critical social issue by supporting the Productivity Commission inquiry into a National Disability Long-Term Care and Support Scheme, or NDIS,” David said.
“Both parties are aware that Australians with a disability have an expectation that this inquiry, the first exploration of its type since Federation, will initiate a totally new, more appropriate approach to supports and funding that will lead to better lives for Australians with a disability and their families.
“The development and delivery of this completely new approach can only be achieved under the leadership of a Minister with a portfolio devoted to disability, in the same way the critical issue of population growth has been recognised with its own dedicated ministry.”
*published in 2003 Australian Bureau of Statistics Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers. Disability was defined as any limitation, restriction or impairment which has lasted, or is likely to last, for at least six months and restricts everyday activities.
David Vogler, Media and Communications Manager
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