This week’s election + disability news mini-round-up

In the lead-up to the Federal Election, we’ve been posting weekly election + disability news mini-round-ups on Facebook and Twitter. The country goes to the polls tomorrow (except for those of us who used pre-polling options, of course), so unsurprisingly there has been a lot of media coverage, and we’ve decided to post this one to our website for easier reading.

Yesterday, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced a $1.5b public service cut to fund Coalition budget promises – read more in The Mandarin, The Canberra Times and SBS News.

Also from SBS Newspolling shows 71 per cent of Australians want a more diverse parliament, and both Labor and Coalition spokespeople declined to comment on whether the parties would support reform to the immigration health requirement if elected this weekend, or why the full list of recommendations from the bipartisan 2010 parliamentary inquiry had not been implemented, while Greens Senator Jordan Steele-John said he would swiftly move to introduce legislation reforming the requirement.

This week, ABC News answered whether you can and have to vote if you are terminally ill, and also wrote about voting accessibility, and the problems faced by people with intellectual disability when enrolling to vote.

More from the Canberra Times: Clive Palmer says United Australia Party undecided on merits of immunisation, and Labor commits to Canberra-based NDIS training trial.

From 9 News: ‘Could you live on $39 a day?’ Newstart under the microscope again on Q&A.

From the Examiner: Labor promises $1 million for Special Olympics in Launceston but state government not consulted before pledge.

From My GC: Federal Labor investment promised for the Gold Coast Titans.

And Pro Bono News spoke to a Melbourne wheelchair user and campaigner about her experience of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and what a change in government would mean for her and other people in the disability community.

That’s it! If you’re voting tomorrow, you can find accessibility information on the AEC website. And don’t forget, you can sign up to our Daily Media Round-Up to get disability-related headlines in your inbox every weekday.