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Monday, 19 May 2014

Yet more budget commentary ...

One more list of links to commentary on the Federal budget, and then we will confine posts to specific measures impacting on people with disabilities and their families, as details become known ...

Budget lowdown
Naomi Anderson, Disability Directory, 17th May 2014
A more comprehensive summary of Federal budget measures that specifically and more generally will impact people with disability and their carers.

The disabled will need to fight for themselves
Jacqueline Maley, Sydney Morning Herald, 17th May 2014
... would it be too cynical to conclude it was no coincidence that the Disability Commissioner was deemed surplus to requirements around the same time the disabled are getting thwacked by a variety of other budget measures? ...

Row over increased funds for disability
Justine Ferari, The Australian, 16th May 2014
The federal government yesterday rejected claims that the budget failed to include money for school students with disability, following attacks from the education sector over the lack of ­additional targeted money from next year.

A statement provided by Education Minister Christopher Pyne’s office said the budget includes about $4.8 billion over the forward estimates, averaging slightly more than $1bn a year, paid as a loading in the funding model introduced this year based on the Gonski review.

Children with Disability Australia said the government had made a clear commitment to increase funding for students with disability in the 2015 school year but the budget mentioned no extra funding for this purpose ...

The Federal Budget – What It Means for Speech Pathologists
Speech pathology Australia, 16th May 2014
It has been hard to miss this week but the big news is the Budget – here is Speech Pathology Australia’s take on what the Federal Budget 2014-2015 means for our members and the people we work with who live with communication and swallowing disorders ...

Parents of disabled children hit out at budget cutsRN Breakfast (ABC Radio, 16th May 2014 (audio file 7m 18s)
... In 2013 the Coalition described current funding arrangements for these students as unfair and inequitable, and committed itself to increasing the amount of money they receive from 2015. But the Federal Budget contains no additional money for these students, and their parents say they feel betrayed ...

Michael Vagg, The Conversation, 13th May 2014
...I for one will decline if invited to be part of (reassessment of DSP recipients under 35). It would be unprofessional to be part of a political initiative which is not evidence-based and not supported by those who have disabling conditions, their carers and health professionals ...

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