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P A R L I A M E N T O F A U S T R A L I A

H O U S E O F R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S

P.O. B O X 1 2 0 6 , BO O R A G O O N . W .A . 6 1 5 4 SUITE 8, GATEWAY MELVILLE CITY CENTRE BOORAGOON TEL. (09) 364 5554

P E T E R S H A C K , M .P .

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR TANGNEY SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS AND RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUTH AFFAIRS . MEDIA RELEASE. 26 JUNE 1985. T51/85

"HANDICAPPED PROGRAMS REVIEW"

Mr Peter Shack, the Federal Member for Tangney, has welcomed the release of the Federal Government's Report of the Handicapped Programs Review.

"However," he said, " the Government should be aware that disabled people expect more than simple changes and legislative streamlining to result from the Report."

Mr Shack said that Tangney's physically and intellectually disabled want changes which will allow them to take full part in the activities of their community.

"Disabled people should be given every opportunity to develop their abilities to the fullest possible extent and the Opposition will bear this in mind while closely monitoring the Government's actions on the Report," Mr Shack said.

"The question of income maintenance is of great importance to the disabled who are justifiably concerned about the future of the attendant care pilot study and the lack of any indication as to what the Government plans to do in

this area," Mr Shack said.

"There is also concern about the Home and Community Care program as it is becoming increasingly obvious that there is little scope within the HACC for new money for new services for either the disabled or the aged," he said.

Mr Shack called on the Government to enter into on-going consultations with the disabled community to give them the maximum opportunity to make input into the drafting of the proposed Disability Services Legislation.

"If this consultation takes place it should be possible to avoid the confusion and misunderstandings which have surrounded recent changes to legislation relating to veteran's benefits," Mr Shack concluded. .

Contact: Delys Newman (09) 364 5554