Blessed? Morrison's NDIS failures

During the first Leaders' Debate, Prime Minister Scott Morrison was asked by an audience member, Catherine, about NDIS funding cuts.

Catherine, the mother of an autistic four-year-old, said her son's NDIS funding had been cut by 30%.

Scott Morrison said that he could not understand her challenges because he and Jenny have been "blessed" with two children without disability.

Every Australian Counts said, "For people who don't really know disability, this kind of commentary may appear benign. But we know this hurts people in our community, a lot."

According to the latest NDIS Quarterly Report on average, people with disability had their NDIS packages cut in the last 12 months by 4% (an average cut of $2,700 per person).

This comes the day after Anthony Albanese and the Labor party announced their new NDIS policy.

The ASU is proud to support the Every Australian Counts campaign to #DefendOurNDIS.

Former Australian of the Year Grace Tame – who is autistic said, “Autism blesses those of us who have it with the ability to spot fakes from a mile off.”

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