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Thursday, 4 April 2019
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Ms BURNEY (Barton) (14:24): My question is to the Prime Minister. Is it a moral failure for the Prime Minister to pay for his forecast election surplus by starving the NDIS of money, leaving Australians with a disability without the services they need—like the young family in Victoria whose daughter has an intellectual disability? She waited 10 months for her NDIS funding to be processed, which delayed her getting the speech therapy she needs to learn to engage at school.

Mr Dutton: Why doesn't Shorten ask a question?

The SPEAKER: The minister will cease interjecting.

Ms Keay interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Braddon is warned!

Mr MORRISON (CookPrime Minister) (14:25): I refer the member to my earlier answer. The NDIS is one of the biggest social projects we've been engaged in and to ever come out of this chamber. There is multipartisan support, with the crossbench and others supporting this program. All of our attention is needed to continue to improve its delivery, whether it's the case that the member referred to or any of the many other cases that we are all aware of as we implement this very difficult program that requires tailored programs and packages of support to each and every single individual. Our government is committed to that.

I'll tell you what's shameful. It's shameful for the member to seek to exploit the disabilities of Australians and to cause fear and anxiety amongst Australians who are living with disabilities. That is what's shameful. That is what is morally shameful. We will stand here ready to support every dollar that the NDIS needs every single day. We will do it as we did when we were in opposition and we will do it as we have done in government. It has our full attention and it has our full support. It will get every single dollar it needs. I appeal to the Labor Party not to engage in these dark, political, shameful questions that reflect not on the morality of the government but on the morality of the Leader of the Opposition.

Mr Rob Mitchell interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for McEwen is now warned.

Mr MORRISON: If he wants these questions asked, perhaps he should ask them himself.