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28    Family and Community Services— Disability advocacy—State funding

Senator Siewert, also on behalf of Senators Steele-John and Brown, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 574—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that the New South Wales (NSW) Government will be cutting funding for disability advocacy from July 2018 and that this will affect the Council for Intellectual Disability and other disability organisations;

               (b)       acknowledges:

                                     (i)       the importance of advocacy for the inclusion of people with disability and their full participation in our communities,

                                    (ii)       the ‘Don’t Silence Us’ campaign being run by the Council for Intellectual Disability calling on the Premier of NSW to guarantee ongoing funding for the Council for Intellectual Disability, and

                                  (iii)       the ‘Stand by Me’ campaign being run by the NSW Disability Advocacy Alliance calling on the NSW Government to stand by them and provide the necessary funding for them to be able to continue serving people with disability in NSW after July next year; and

                (c)       calls on the Federal Government to work with the NSW Government and other state governments to ensure that funding for disability advocacy is not reduced at the state level.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.