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Monday, 20 August 2012
Page: 9297

National Disability Insurance Scheme

Debate resumed on motion by Mr Christensen:

That this House:

(1) recognises that the:

(a) proposal of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a once-in-a-generation landmark reform that has the potential to deliver better quality of life outcomes for Australians with disabilities;

(b) schedule for implementation of the NDIS, as proposed by the Productivity Commission, will take seven years, spanning the life of three Parliaments; and

(c) NDIS is a reform that involves the cooperation and support of state and territory governments, the disability support services sector, people with a disability and their families and carers;

(2) notes the bipartisan and cross-party support for the implementation of the NDIS;

(3) declares its support for policy stability on the NDIS over the life of those three Parliaments and until the scheme's full implementation; and

(4) resolves to immediately establish a Joint Select Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme which will:

(a) oversee the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme;

(b) be subject to terms of reference to be agreed upon by the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader and ratified by this House;

(c) be comprised of 4 Government members and/or Senators, 4 Opposition members and/or Senators, 1 Greens member and/or Senator and 1 non-aligned member and/or Senator;

(d) be jointly chaired by 1 Government member and 1 Opposition member; and

(e) remain in existence until the full implementation of the NDIS is achieved; and

(5) transmit a message to establish a Joint Select Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme to the Senate for concurrence.