Tasmanians deserve truth about disability support services

Tasmanian Labor
  • Government not ready for NDIS transition
  • Liberals more interested in delivering $450 million budget
  • Jaensch must provide answers
  • Disability
    Services Minister, Roger Jaensch, must explain what he is doing to advocate for
    all Tasmanian’s living with a disability following his attendance at a
    Disability Reform Council meeting in Sydney today.

    The Disability
    Reform Council provides a forum to progress key national reform in
    disability policy, including the NDIS.

    Minister for Disabilities, Jo Siejka, said Mr
    Jaensch must explain how all people with a disability will have their needs met by a State Government more
    interested in delivering $450 million budget cuts than looking after

    “The Morrison
    Government ripped $4.6 billion out of the NDIS and Tasmanian’s deserve to know
    how many of the 10,600 Tasmanians eligible for the NDIS are currently being
    supported by the program,” Ms Siejka said.

    “Tasmanians also deserve to know how 90,000 Tasmanians living
    with a disability – but who are not eligible for the NDIS – will have their
    needs met by the State Government which is more interested in delivering $450
    million budget cuts than looking after Tasmanians.

    many people their only option for support is to rely on services funded by the
    Tasmanian Government. Yet already we’ve seen the Government make cuts to the Passenger Transport
    Subsidy Scheme, which means Tasmanians with a disability will no longer be able
    to depend on the state’s taxis for transport.

    “It is currently not clear how many
    Tasmanians are continuing to suffer without adequate supports, which is not
    good enough.

    “The Government is not ready for the transition to the NDIS
    and it is Tasmanian advocacy organisations and the people they represent who
    will suffer.

    “While the Hodgman Government has failed to prepare itself
    for the NDIS transition, Labor knows that more people trained in disability services sectors will mean more qualified staff and more jobs,
    resulting in more Tasmanians getting the level of care they need. That is why Labor
    will provide free TAFE courses across disability services sectors as part of
    our free TAFE policy.

    “Roger Jaensch must now step up and provide the solutions Tasmanians deserve.”

    Jo Siejka MLC

    Shadow Minister for Disabilities

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