Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard challenged the disability sector to keep pressuring the states to support the $15 billion annual budget for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Queensland and Western Australia are among the territories PM has set her focus on saying the support would never be complete without them, Big Pond News, an Australian news firm, reported on Monday quoting Gillard as saying.
Gillard urged the disability sector on Monday in her speech. She did this ahead of a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting on Friday that will be held in Canberra. It is believed that some of the detail will be thrashed out during the meeting, hence, she tries to find support.
"So this Friday, on behalf of all Australians with disability, I will be holding those five premiers and chief ministers to their word, as they will be holding me to my word," Ms Gillard said.
She also stressed the importance of the involvement of Queensland and Western Australia taking into consideration these two are among the wealthiest states in the continent.
"Remember that as we begin this journey, it is incomplete because our two wealthiest and most dynamic states haven't yet come on board," she said.
Despite her efforts to make an appeal to the people who were listening to her speech, one paraplegic woman interrupted her just to ask a question, the Australian reported.
“Prime Minister, are you aware that the disability pension is nearly 67 per cent of national minimum wage?” asked disability advocate Mel Leckie.
The question stopped Gillard for a while and pushed her to make her promises sound even better. She has no other option but to do so considering the fact that she is currently being grilled over the AWU slush fund scandal.