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Rudd Labor Government commits to make Ipswich one of the first places in Queensland to benefit from DisabilityCare



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Campaign Media Release

Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin

Member for Blair Shayne Neumann

Member for Oxley Bernie Ripoll

RUDD LABOR GOVERNMENT COMMITS TO MAKE IPSWICH ONE OF THE FIRST PLACES IN QUEENSLAND TO BENEFIT FROM DISABILITYCARE

The Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin today joined the Member for Blair Shayne Neumann and the Member for Oxley Bernie Ripoll to announce that a re-elected Rudd Labor Government would support Ipswich to be one of the first locations in Queensland to benefit from the roll out of DisabilityCare Australia.

Minister Macklin said a re-elected Rudd Labor Government would work with the Queensland Government to start DisabilityCare in the Ipswich local government area from July 2016.

“This means around 4,400 people with disability and 1,750 carers in Ipswich would benefit from DisabilityCare by mid-2017.

“DisabilityCare Australia is already operating in four launch sites around Australia. It will be rolled out in phases in Queensland from July 2016 until it covers the entire state by mid-2019 to support 97,000 Queenslanders with disability.”

Mr Neumann said local people would celebrate being among the first Queenslanders to benefit from DisabilityCare.

“I have advocated for people with disability and their families in Ipswich to be the first to benefit from DisabilityCare in Queensland and I am so pleased that Federal Labor has committed to deliver this.

“Federal Labor built Medicare. And now Federal Labor is building DisabilityCare.”

Mr Neumann said bringing DisabilityCare Australia to Ipswich would create new jobs - both in DisabilityCare Australia and the broader disability services sector according to expert analysis received by the Rudd Labor Government.

“To support the roll out, a re-elected Rudd Labor Government would propose a large DisabilityCare regional office be established in Ipswich which would employ up to 100 staff.

“And across the Ipswich area, the expansion of the disability service sector could mean up to an extra 1,200 skilled job opportunities for local workers.”

Mr Ripoll said people with disability and their families in the Ipswich area would finally receive the support they need.

“DisabilityCare will give local people the peace of mind that if they or a loved one has a significant and permanent disability, they will get the care and support the need, when they need it,” Mr Ripoll said.

“DisabilityCare Australia will provide more support to people with disability and more choice and control over how they receive that support.”

The Rudd Labor Government is investing more than $14 billion in addition to existing Commonwealth disability funding to roll out DisabilityCare Australia across the country by 2019.

If the Rudd Labor Government is re-elected, the Commonwealth will contribute around $2.1 billion in 2019-20 to support people with disability in Queensland.

Funding for DisabilityCare Australia is already included in the budget.

IPSWICH 26 AUGUST 2013

Communications Unit: T 03 8625 5111 www.alp.org.au

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