Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced details of a levy increase to support the Federal Governments National Disability Insurance Scheme.
The levy of 0.5% will become apart of the Medicare levy, raising it from 1.5% to 2%. Prime Minister Gillard said the cost would still be affordable for Australian families.
“An average worker on $70, 000 a year would pay the equivalent of $1 a day,” she said.
The NDIS is welcomed by most, with people posting comments on social networking from all over Australia congratulating the moving forward of the bill.
A common criticism on social media has been over Ms. Gillard’s decision to make tax payers fund almost half of the yearly budget for the scheme.
Wollongong mother Janice Greening feels that the approval of the scheme hasn’t come soon enough.
“My eldest son was diagnosed with Asperger’s at nine. I had no support because at that time most people didn’t even believe that it was a real disability. It’s good that because of the NDIS he will now receive the support he needs to manage his Asperger’s rather than having to go through waiting lists,” she said.
Mrs. Greening is worried about the pressure the cost will have on hard-working families.
“Ms. Gillard may only see it as a dollar-a-day but to us it feels like an extra burden on top of current expenses,” she said.
Opposition leader Tony Abbott has told ABC’s Lateline he supports the scheme. He states that he will do whatever it takes to keep the NDIS going but he questions Ms. Gillard on another ‘lie’.
“We’re here for the long haul when it comes to the NDIS. We want to make it happen. Things that have been ruled out are now being ruled in. Australia has got to be in a state of uncertainty about where this Government is going and whom it’s going after next,” he said.
Words: JESSICA ALLEN
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