Bruce Bonyhady co-authored the submission to the 2020 summit on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and now writes in The Australian, (on 7th May) on how the concept is gathering support:
AUSTRALIA'S disability support system is inequitable, fractured, under-resourced and slowly collapsing under the weight of its own inadequacies, while sub-optimally consuming billions of dollars of taxpayers' money each year.
This idea however is too important and far reaching to be left just to governments, people with disabilities, carers and disability organisations. It needs everyone's support. The NDIS would give essential security to all Australians because today, tomorrow or next week, you could suddenly be felled by a stroke, or develop multiple sclerosis or mental illness. Your teenage son could have an accident that leaves him severely brain damaged or quadriplegic. You or your daughter could give birth to a child who has autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy or other lifelong disabilities.
National insurance is the way forward because it recognises that disability, like anything else we now insure against, is a risk that can affect anyone, but will not affect everyone.
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