Senate debates

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Questions without Notice

National Disability Insurance Scheme

2:52 pm

Photo of Linda ReynoldsLinda Reynolds (WA, Liberal Party, Minister for Government Services) Share this | Hansard source

thereby giving participants with significant and permanent disability more choice and control over their own lives, which are fundamental values of those on this side of the chamber. But we are now at a point in history where we must work together, and we have to work together across the chamber, across the aisle, to ensure that we can implement a range of strategies that will ensure this scheme endures.

Reasonable and necessary supports must come with some boundaries to not only ensure the scheme is affordable but, most importantly—what I have heard from participants so far—the scheme is transparent, respectful and fair to all participants. Despite the interjections from those opposite, this government is fully funding this scheme, and we are fully committed to it enduring for many generations, well beyond our own lifetimes.

Last week, the Prime Minister announced an additional $13.2 billion out to 2023-24, which he will be announcing formally in the budget tonight. This reflects an absolute unwavering commitment by this side of the chamber to this scheme.


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