A Daley Labor Government will fund disability advocacy services across NSW as disability advocacy groups rally in Martin Place today against the Berejiklian Government’s $13 million yearly funding cut.
Acting Shadow Minister for Disability Services, Kate Washington, has called on Premier Berejiklian to immediately restore funding rather than splurge $2.2 billion on stadiums.
Many disability advocacy services fear they will be forced to shutdown as a result of the cuts.
In 2017 Premier Berejiklian cut all funding to disability advocacy services just months before she decided to splurge $2.2 billion on Sydney stadiums.
Disability advocacy services in NSW had relied on $13m in annual funding from the State Government. The advocacy organisations include the Council for Intellectual Disabilities, People With Disability Australia, and Physical Disability Council.
In the face of an enormous backlash from the sector, the Berejiklian Government announced conditional funding until 2020 only.
The CEO of Disability Advocacy NSW, Mark Grierson, has said that many advocacy services still feel shortchanged by the NSW Government.
The Berejiklian Government also privatised the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care,making NSW the only state with completely privatised disability services while the NDIS is rolled out.
Disability Advocacy Services will rally today as part of their Stand By Me campaign to restore permanent, ongoing funding. Daley Labor has committed to restore permanent, ongoing funding.