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Thursday, 21 March 2013
Page: 2902


Ms MACKLIN (JagajagaMinister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Disability Reform) (09:43): I move:

That the amendments be agreed to.

Amendments have been made to this bill in the Senate in response to recommendations in the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee's report on the National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill. Many of the report's recommendations were addressed in amendments already passed by the House of Representatives, and I am pleased to say that the Senate's amendments will further enhance the bill.

The amended bill that reflects Australia's international human rights obligations, improves the scheme's principles and explicitly recognises in the bill's principles and objects the importance of advocacy and of the National Disability Insurance Scheme interacting with mainstream server systems.

The bill, when passed by this House in a few moments, will establish the National Disability Insurance Scheme. I do thank all members of this parliament for their contribution to the consideration of this bill in both houses of parliament.

I think we all know that this bill is a truly historic reform for our country. It will change the lives of people with disability and their families and carers. It is the most significant social reform to be instituted in this country since the introduction of Medicare. I thank people with disability, their families and carers, who have done so much to make this change happen. I commend the bill to the House.