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No disability in 2020?



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MEDIA RELEASE

Senator Sue Boyce Liberal - Queensland

Electorate Office: Level 9, 301 Coronation Drive, Milton, Qld

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MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 22 APRIL 2008

NO DISABILITY IN 2020?

The term 'disability' and its variants are used only six times in the Interim 2020 Report, Senator Sue Boyce, Liberal Senator for Queensland, said today.

"The difficulties faced by carers of people with a disability gets two mentions; the suggested national insurance scheme for people who acquire a disability takes the score to five; and there is one vague mention of 'support for disabilities' at the end of a shopping list of social concerns.

"There is no mention of the concerns of people who themselves have a disability, let alone a vision for their futures. It's very disappointing," Senator Boyce said.

Senator Boyce warned that a national scheme to compensate accident victims who became disabled could create two classes of people with a disability, if Australia were to follow the New Zealand model.

"I visited New Zealand last week as part of a parliamentary delegation and a number of the groups we met warned that the NZ Accident Compensation Corporation-system had created two tiers. People who acquire a disability as the result of an accident are reasonably well provided for by the health and social welfare system, but far less adequate levels of help are available to people born with a disability and to their families.

"Given that people with a disability are virtually ignored in the 2020 document, it's very hard not to be negative about the Rudd Government's focus," Senator Boyce said.

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