Media Releases – 2013

18 December: Committment to deliver the NDIS
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) welcomes the Coalition Government’s commitment to delivering the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in full, reconfirmed today by Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield.

18 November: Election produces vigorous disability reps
National elections have produced a strong Board for the national cross disability peak body People with Disability Australia (PWDA).

24 September: Grand Western Lodge Class Action against the State of NSW and Adrian Powell
Maurice Blackburn has filed a class action on behalf of more than 40 adults with intellectual and psychosocial disability who were residents of “licenced premises for handicapped people” in Millthorpe, NSW between 2000 and 2011. The action, lodged in the Federal Court of Australia, claims compensation for suffering, false imprisonment and financial losses.
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17 September: Coalition commitment to entitlement based scheme
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) welcomes the appointment of The Hon Kevin Andrews MP to the position of Minister for Social Services, and of Senator Mitch Fifield to the position of Assistant Minister for Social Services (with responsibility for Disability and Aged Care).

9 September: We are ready to lift
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) welcomes the election of the new Australian Government and offers our congratulations to the incoming Prime Minister, Mr Abbott.

11 August: Stop the Abuse
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) has called for a coordinated national effort to stamp out violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability and improve access to the justice system.

4 August: WA in NDIS – Whole of Australia covered
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) has welcomed the announcement by Prime Minister Rudd that Western Australia will sign up to DisabilityCare.

8 July : Australia, let’s get real with jobs
People with Disability Australia calls on Federal, State and Local Government, employers in business and the third sector to get real with jobs for people with disability with the launch of Getting Real on Jobs.

1 July : Myer needs to get on with the job
Today the national cross-disability peak body, People with Disability Australia (PWDA) called for Myer to stop shooting the messenger and start walking the talk on disability employment.

17 May : PWDA welcomes Coalition commitment to the NDIS
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) welcomes the commitment by the Coalition to maintain the funding support for the NDIS (DisabilityCare) and ensure the scheme remains true to the principles of the Productivity Commission report.

14 May : NDIS fully funded in 2013 Federal budget
People with Disability Australia welcomes the Government’s commitment to lock in full funding for the NDIS through a commitment of $14.3 billion of new money over seven years to move to full implementation of the scheme by 1 July 2019.

8 May : PWDA congratulates Queensland Premier
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) welcomes today’s agreement between Prime Minister Gillard and Queensland Premier Campbell Newman signing up to DisabilityCare Australia (previously known as the National Disability Insurance Scheme).

6 May : A message to Bernie Brooks, CEO of Myers
People with Disability Australia today calls on Myer to explain why they are refusing to engage with the Australian Human Rights Commission on employment of people with disability.

2 May : Historic day for the Australian Government
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) welcomes an historic day in Australian politics and the lives of people with disability.

2 May : NDIS Levy – Get agreement and bring it on
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) has welcomed yesterday’s statements by the Prime Minister which suggest the Government would be prepared to bring legislation for an increase to the Medicare levy to fund DisabilityCare Australia, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), into Parliament before the election if there was bipartisan support.

1 May : PWDA welcomes NDIS funding levy announcement
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) welcomes the announcement by the federal government of an  increase to the Medicare levy to fund DisabilityCare Australia, the National  Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

20 March : Your Say on DisabilityCare Censored
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) President Craig Wallace today questioned an apparent decision to remove responses and comments of people with disability, their families and friends from Your Say, the federal government’s online National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) forum.

14 March : Landmark disability discrimination decision
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) applaud the decision handed down today by the Federal Court in the case of PWDA member, Julia Haraksin’s three-year battle with Murrays Australia Ltd.

PWDA in the Media 2013

28 Dec
Government rejects targets on disability hires SMH

27 Dec
Public service sheds disabled employees at ‘shameful’ rate SMH

26 Dec
Regional Aussies vulnerable to Disability Pension changes My Daily News

23 Dec
Wallace slams proposed Disability Support Pension changes Sunshine Coast Daily

23 Dec
Disability groups oppose tighter pension rules SMH

22 Dec
Disabled oppose pension changes Newcastle Herald

18 Dec
NDIS Funding Uncertainty Causes Alarm ProBono News

6 Dec
Disabled toilet key fee may break law Newcastle Herald

3 Dec
Policy shake-up urged as jobless rate among disabled increases Canberra Times

2 Dec
Don’t diss our Disability Day ABC Ramp Up

25 Nov
Women with disabilities at risk of violence ABC PM

18 Nov
Conflict over service delivery under the NDIS ABC Ramp Up

15 Oct
Nothing about us in a world without us ABC Ramp Up

3 Oct
Fragmented Disability Sector Needs Change ProBono News

28 Sept
They drive us crazy – Sydney’s worst parking outrages exposed The Daily Telegraph

25 Sept
Back to the NDIS Future ProBono News

24 Sept
Federal Court To Hear Class Action Suit Over Alleged Abuse At Psychiatric Boarding House, Business Insider Australia
Residents seek compensation from ‘house of horrors’ boarding home, SMH
Southern Highland News, Bellingen Shire Courier-Sun, Eden Magnet, Singleton Argus,
Parramatta Sun, Cessnock Advertiser, Queanbeyan Age, Riverrina Rural, Blacktown Sun
Northern Daily Leader, Illawarra Mercury, St George and Sutherland Shire Leader, Dungog Chronicle
Forbes Advocate, Braidwood Times, Newcastle Herald, Mudgee Guardian, Central Western Daily
Braidwood Times, Southern Weekly, Eastern Riverina Chronical, Blayney Chronical, Macarther Advertiser,
Milton ulladulla Times, Moree Champion, Cowra Guardian, The Armidale Express, Yass Tribuen,
Camden Haven Courier, Blue Mountains Gazette, Coly Point Observer, Grenfell Record,
Port Stephens Examiner, Town and Country Magzine, Boorowa News, Alburn Border Mail,
Great Lakes Advertiser, Wagga Wagga Daily Advertiser, Hills News, Harden Express, Penrith Star,
Rouse Hill-Stanhope Gardens News, South West Advertiser, Camden Advertiser, Batemans Bay Post,
Goulburn Post, Guyra Argus, Wollondilly Advertiser, Port Macquarie News, The Area News,
Parkes Champion-Post, South Coast Register, Cookwell Gazette, Young Witness, Daily Liberal,
Fairfield Champion, Canowindra News, Nambucca Guardian News, Summit Sun, St Marys Star,
Bega District News, Bathurst Western Advocate, Stock & Land, North Queensland Register,
Stock Journal Australia, Queensland Country Life, The Land Australia, Farm Weekly,
Handicapped residents seek compo in NSW, The Age
Handicapped residents seek compo in NSW, Brisbane Times
Handicapped residents seek compo in NSW, Sydney Morning Herald
Handicapped residents seek compo in NSW, WA Today
Handicapped residents seek compo in NSW, The Australian
Class action launched against ‘house of horrors’ boarding house, SBS
NSW class action over ‘house of horrors’, 7 News
NSW class action over ‘house of horrors’, West Australian
Grand Western Lodge Class Action against the State of NSW and Adrian Powell, DisabilityDirectory
Grand Western Lodge Residents Lodge Class Action, ProBono News

Radio 2GB, 2UE, 702, 2SM, Sydney; ABC Darwin; ABC Canberra; ABC News Radio; ABC Central West NSW, Orange; ABC New England North West, Tamworth;

702ABC – Advocacy groups are calling for governments to move away from models of institutional care

20 Sept
Jenny Macklin Laments Loss of Focus on DisabilityCare The Australian

2 Sept
The UN looking at Australia’s disability human rights record Radio National

30 Aug
Words that batter ABC Ramp Up

12 Aug
ACOSS calls for action to help those in poverty News Mail

7 Aug
Election 2013 – four priorities for the 44th Parliament ABC Ramp Up

1 Aug
PWDA’s call to “Get Real” about jobs for people with disability Darebin Council VIC, Disability Access Newsletter

17 July
Calls for tighter laws around disability sterilisation ABC PM

16 July
PWDA calls on government and employers to “Get Real on Jobs” for people with disability Australian Network on Disability

13 July
‘Disability refugees’ relocate to qualify The Australian

12 July
‘Stuck in a routine of loneliness’: Disabled face no social contact for months, says report

10 July
The shocking questions disabled people have to put up with

8 July
Disability Rights Advocate Sets Big Employment Goals ProBono News

6 July
Myer needs to employ more disabled people and stop shooting the messenger Discrimination, Higher Education and Disability Blog
Please Sign A Petition to Increase Employment Of The Disabled Discrimination, Higher Education and Disability Blog

1 July
Fewer housing options for disabled ABC AM
Housing Crisis on the Rise, Real Estate Companies cannot Muddle Through Demand International Business Times
People with Disability Australia say Myer needs to get on with the job Disability Directory
Rights Commission defends Graeme Innes’s petition for Myer to introduce disabled worker quota ABC TV

25 June
PWDA – have you joined up yet? Disability Directory

20 June
Fresh ideas on disability and jobs ABC Ramp Up

19 June
Productivity goal in $600m push for disabled The Australian

3 June
DisabilityCare name ‘patronising’ Illawarra Mercury

16 May
Sophie’s thank you prompts PM’s tears The Australian

10 May
Beyond Bernie Brookes: time for momentum on jobs, business and disability ABC Ramp Up

7 May
The NDIS levy – a new era for tax, trust and open government? Open Forum

6 May
Man tastes victory with disabled car park after three years Fraser Coast Chronicle
The NDIS levy – a new era for tax, trust and open government? Open Forum

2 May
Wait over on disability levy laws The Age
National Disability Insurance Scheme has become political football with claims funding plan is ‘chaotic’ Courier-Mail
PWDA Calls For Medicare-style Levy to Fund NDIS Scoop World, New Zealand
Wallace says Labor’s NDIS plans ‘clever’ albeit a little late The Satellite
NDIS To Be ‘Considered’ – Opposition ProBono News
Don’t play politics with disability care The Age
Wallace says Labor’s NDIS plans ‘clever’ albeit a little late Whitsunday Times

1 May
Disability advocate backs levy for NDIS ABC News (Video)
Disability advocates back levy plan WA Today
Disability advocates back levy plan Brisbane Times
Disability advocates back levy plan The Age
Levy to fund NDIS is the right call Brisbane Times
PM’s challenge to Abbott on disability scheme The Age
Disability services seek public support for Medicare levy hike Blacktown Sun
Gillard proposes Medicare levy hike to fund NDIS Radio Australia
Julia Gillard ups the ante on NDIS levy plan The Australian
NDIS Levy Confirmed ProBono News
Should the NDIS be funded by a levy? 612 ABC Brisbane
PM’s challenge to Abbott on disability scheme North Queensland Register
Craig Wallace on The Inclusion Club

30 April
Time to consider an NDIS levy ABC RampUp
NDIS Levy Considered By Feds ProBono News
Government considering new levy to fund NDIS Radio National

24 April
Time to consider an NDIS levy Australian Financial Review pg 43

9 April
Disability payments numbers on the rise The Courier-Mal

28 March
Disabled poverty figures ‘shameful’ World News SBS
Australian Senate considers forced sterilisation ban Radio Australia

25 March
I hired a sex worker for my elderly dad Life & Style NZ
I hired a sex worker for my 93-year-old father Daily Life

21 March
DisabilityCare: What’s in a name? ABC Ramp Up

20 March
Discontent over DisabilityCare name ABC Ramp Up

15 March
Wheelchair user wins case against Murrays buses ABC News

14 March
Wheelchair user wins case against Murrays buses ABC News

1 March
Australia marks Disability Discrimination Act anniversay Sunshine Chn 7

28 February
The Disability Discrimination Act 20 years on RN’s Law Report

25 February
No second chances with the NDIS ABC Ramp Up

1 February
Despite today’s Cityrail win, Australia still bottom of the tables for disability support and employment ABC NewsRadio Audio

25 January

Australia – Great Essay: Looking at the Bigger Picture Regarding Euthanasia Not Dead Yet

21 January
Euthanasia: let’s look at the bigger picture ABC Ramp Up