The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is set to become an expensive flop and more evidence arrives every day that shows it will cost all Australians too much and leave those in need worse off. As I wrote yesterday, it should have been scrapped in the budget.
From today’s Australian:
In Sydney’s west, mother of three Kathryn Gilbert is stuck in a fight with the NDIS over support for her seven-year-old son Kaelab that was initially “cut in half”.
Ms Gilbert’s two other children, Tyler, 5, and Christian, 3, have autism and NDIS plans, but the situation with Kaelab was “the most concerning” after more than $10,000 in funding was cut on review last October.
“The review was a horrible experience,” Ms Gilbert said. “I was told we would have four hours to go over everything he needed but we only had 45 minutes. He lost his community support placement with Barnardos, therapy support. It was all cut. Some of it has been put back now, but not to the extent it was in the first plan.”
The best people to deal with disabilities are families. Governments can never hope to replace them and when they do the situation is inevitably worsened.
Rather than an NDIS, everyone would be better off if the government’s tax and welfare system treated all families equally – especially those where one parent gives up work to look after children.
At the moment the tax system, childcare system and welfare system is designed to punish stay-at-home mothers and treats women (the primary caregiver) like nothing more than cogs in a god called the economy.
It’s all back to front.