It has taken 40 years

19.05.12

Letter to the Editor,

It has taken 40 years of advocacy and a report from the Productivity Commission to get to a point in Australian life whereby the disabled in our nation will at last be looked after and treated as human beings should treat our fellow human beings with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The scheme has the backing of Opposition Leader Tony Abbott as one of few bipartisan agreements with the Labor government.

Enter Joe Hockey after returning from a holiday to Britain (probably a taxpayer funded trip) who tells us in a speech to the National Press Club that he does not support the scheme on advice from his British counterparts. The L&NP had better decide who leads their coalition, Abbott or Hockey because a back flip in coalition support at this time could cost the coalition a lot of votes from ordinary Aussies who have compassion for the disabled.

The Australian parliament has long been independent from the British parliament, Australia makes her own decisions, and we don’t follow the British any longer. If Joe Hockey wants to follow the British he is welcome to do so in his own time, not in ours. This nation elects politicians to care for the Australian people and the NDIS has been a long time in the waiting, if Hockey can’t respect his leaders decisions and support them, he should resign his front bench job.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565

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