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Annette Ellis MP FEDERAL MEMBER FOR CANBERRA SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGEING AND SENIORS SHADOW MINISTER FOR DISABILITIES

7 October 2004

People with a disability and their carers better off under a Latham Government

The Howard Government’s disability policy, released today, makes it clear that people with a disability will face another three years of neglect if the Howard Government is re-elected.

People with a disability and their carers will be deprived of $156 million in much needed funding if John Howard is re-elected.

A Latham Labor Government will provide $216 million to help 15,000 carers get access to respite, through the Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement (CSTDA). A re-elected Howard Government will provide only $60 million to help up to 5,000 carers.

A Latham Labor Government will reform the CSTDA to ensure that people with a disability have access to the services they need. A re-elected Howard Government will continue to treat people with a disability as a political football and take an aggressive approach to negotiations with the States and Territories.

A Latham Labor Government will also introduce the following measures, which will be ignored by a re-elected Howard Government:

• Improve income support with quarterly indexation of payment such as the Carer Payment and Disability Support Pension. • Review the Adult Disability Assessment Tool and the Child Disability Assessment Tool.

• Provide $380 million in targeted support for school students with a disability. • Foster carer-friendly workplaces and ensure the Industrial Relations Commission takes family/carer responsibilities into account when

assessing awards and agreements. • Set Australian Public Service employment targets for people with a disability. • Undertake a Risk Analysis of reforms to open employment and business

services. • A full-time Disability Discrimination Commissioner.

The Howard Government has failed people with a disability and their carers, and will continue to do the same if it is re-elected.

For further information please call: Annette Ellis MP 0419 422 296 Victoria Toulkidis (Adviser) 0439 994 564