Protesters want certainty for disability support

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
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ABC News

Posted Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:47pm AEST

More than 70 people gathered in front of Parliament House today to protest a lack of concrete financial support for disabled services into the future.

Organisers say they want the Commonwealth to sign another disability funding agreement after the current agreement, which expired several months ago, was extended until December.

ACT head of People with Disabilities, Margot Hodge, says they have appealed for assistance from both the Federal Government and the Opposition in the lead-up to the election.

She says the Commonwealth usually signs up to a three- to five-year agreement, which the individual states and territories then match.

"A lot of people, particularly parents and ageing parents of people with intellectual disability, see that the Government have this excessive amount of extra money in the Budget," she said.

"They think that to support people who are vulnerable and people who need these services that some of that money should be spent."

She says the lack of a funding plan for future disability services is distressing to many families.

"Some of these people are probably in the situation where they've had to retire early to care for their adult child, so the financial strain is enormous," she said.


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