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Government commits to make Moreton Bay first place in QLD to benefit from DisabilityCare



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Campaign Media Release

Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin

Member for Petrie Yvette D’Ath

Candidate for Dickson Michael Gilliver

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

The Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin today joined the Member for Petrie and Labor Candidate for Dickson to announce a re-elected Rudd Labor Government would support Moreton Bay 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 roll out DisabilityCare in the Moreton Bay local government area over two years from July 2016.

“This means around 8,600 people with disability and 3,400 carers in Moreton Bay will benefit from DisabilityCare by mid-2018.

“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.”

Ms D’Ath 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 the Moreton Bay area to be the first to benefit from DisabilityCare in Queensland and I am so pleased that Federal Labor has committed to deliver this.

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

“DisabilityCare Australia will also significantly expand the disability services sector and create new jobs according to expert analysis received by the Rudd Labor Government.

“In Moreton Bay, this could mean up to an extra 2,350 skilled job opportunities for local workers.

“This Labor commitment is great for local people with disability, and great for local jobs.”

Mr Gilliver said people with disability and their families in Moreton Bay would finally receive the support they need.

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

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

Federal Labor has invested more than $14 billion in addition to existing Commonwealth disability funding to roll out DisabilityCare Australia across the country by 2019.

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

BRISBANE 26 AUGUST 2013

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

Authorised by G. Wright, Australian Labor Party, 5/9 Sydney Avenue, Barton, ACT, 2600