Friday, 23 July 2010
Disability Rocks Concert
Dedicated parents of children with a disability have joined forces to change the scene for people with a disability throughout Australia. To spread the word whilst ensuring that you're well entertained, they have organised a high energy jazz concert with James Valentine (from ABC Radio 702) as MC.
It’s a Sunday afternoon of entertainment with political speakers highlighting some key proposals needed to enhance access to disability services in the future.
Music and dance are to be provided by Jim Conway and his Big Wheel Band, the James Valentine Quartet and Studio Artes.
The concert has been designed to appeal to a broad audience to spread the message about the value of a National Disability Insurance Scheme to the wider community.
Speakers will include Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities Bill Shorten, MP, his Opposition counterpart Senator Mitch Fifield, NSW Greens MLC Ian Cohen and MaryLou Carter from the Carers Alliance.
The Labor Government put a proposal for a National Disability Insurance Scheme before the Productivity Commission in late 2009. The Scheme would ensure funding for services and support needed by people with moderate to severe disabilities, using a combination of existing resources plus a medicare-style levy on Australian taxpayers of a proposed 0.8%. It would provide a safety net for Australians, covering people born with disability as well as those who become disabled due to accident, injury or illness.
The Productivity Commission will report on the Proposal by mid-2011. The Greens have agreed to support the Proposal. The Liberals are silent.
Attendance at the Concert will put pressure on Labor to follow through, and on the Liberal Party to break their silence.
Tickets: $28, with concessions available. To purchase, call the Seymour Centre on 02 9351 7940 or visit www.seymour.usyd.edu.au