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Every Australian Counts Campaign : Who we are  National Disability & Carers Alliance  NDS/AFDO/Carers Aust  Local committees –(WA Chair Barry Mackinnon)

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1 Every Australian Counts Campaign : Who we are  National Disability & Carers Alliance  NDS/AFDO/Carers Aust  Local committees –(WA Chair Barry Mackinnon)  Lobbied for Productivity Commission inquiry  Now running campaign to inform and gather support & lobby politically

2 The Every Australian Counts Campaign So Far

3 National Disability & Carers Congress Etihad Stadium May 2-3 May 2011 Speakers : Bill Shorten Asst Treasurer Senator Mitch Fifield Shadow Disability Minister Senator Jan McLucas Plt Sec for Disabilities & Carers Richard Di Natale Greens Senator Mary Wooldridge Vic Minister for Community Services Simon McKeon Australian of the Year 2011 Monsignor David Cappo Aust Social Inclusion Board Steve Dowson Consultant & Trainer Rosemary Crossley/Stella Young/Sally Richards/Damian Griffis

4 National Disability & Carers Congress  Over 1000 delegates  Introductory comments”... we have service providers, people from disability advocacy groups, carers organisations and others. We are here as part of a formal alliance. We're putting aside distinctions and age old wars and saying that we are together”  Bill Shorten - A National Disability Insurance Scheme is part of the live public policy debate – but it is no done deal.  Your continued advocacy of the cause is critical.

5  Senator Mitch Fifield –  “ I don’t baulk at the complexity or the challenge or the cost. This is needed, we need this, and I look forward to being part of delivering a better deal and making sure that people with a disability in Australia get the support they need and the opportunities they deserve.”  Patricia Scott Productivity Commissioner  I still find myself taken aback by the deficiencies in the current arrangement. I don't think I ever would have anticipated hearing what I have heard. In my naivety, I thought I should start by mapping the current system... After about two weeks I completely gave up because it was impossible to do!

6 National Disability & Carers Congress Transcripts : Transcripts - /30  Mary Wooldridge Victorian NDIS Taskforce  : to provide advice to the Victorian government to help the development and implementation of an NDIS, including our response to the final draft reports from the Productivity Commission. Importantly, asking how the state government is going to play a role in building a broad community consensus for the need and implementation of NDIS? We have established an NDIS secretariat located in the Premiers Department.  The real threat is that we allow the NDIS to become a political football in the great Australian sport of federal state buck passing.

7 The Political Process - Key decision-making dates  Productivity Commission hands over report to govt  Govt has 25 sitting days to respond (deadline 25 th Nov)  State & Fed governments consider report at COAG (Dec or Feb?)

8 Campaign From Here …..  Building a movement  Unions/Community Groups/Clubs/  Public venues & visibility shopping Centres etc  Morning Disibilitea  MP Visiting –Toolkit  Party Conferences  Media Stories

9 Final Words – Bruce Bonyhady “ Bill Shorten opened this conference by saying that the door is ajar. It is not open. We need to make sure that that door opens and as a result, our leaders introduce a scheme. Each of us need to go back to our states and talk to our local politicians to make sure that they too support an NDIS at the state level... not just in principle but in practice.”

10 What action can you take?  Sign up on the website and send link on  Download the button from our resources page  /visit a pollie (organise a group) Join in on national days of action – hand out materials Speak out – talkback radio/letters to the editor/local press/ facebook/twitter


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