World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


PWDA joins call to reject harsh budget measures

MEDIA RELEASE

Wednesday 27 August 2014

People with Disability Australia joins call to reject harsh budget measures

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) joins the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) and representatives from across the community sector in Canberra today to call on our elected representatives to protect those living on income support from harsh measures proposed in this year’s budget.

“It is important that decision makers in the Parliament know the cumulative effect that budget measures will have on the most vulnerable people in our community, including a disproportionate number of people with disability,” said Craig Wallace, PWDA President.

“The Budget needs to be viewed as a package and we are concerned about the inequitable effects of a host of measures, like higher costs for medical visits, pharmaceuticals and fuel on many people with disability. Many people with disability face inelastic costs in our lives – things we must purchase, regardless of our incomes.”

“While we can argue about numbers on DSP, the reality is there will always be some people who face so many barriers that they will find it hard to sustain work. I think most Australians would agree it is fair that they have a safety net which doesn’t erode over time and leaves them in dire poverty. It also fair to help those people who can work, find work."

“Making life harder for people with disability on income support is not investing in job creation,"said Mr Wallace. "This approach won’t provide incentives for employers to create jobs, it won’t make workplaces more accessible or remove discrimination, it won’t create more positive employer attitudes, and it won’t equip people with disability with the skills or resilience to find and keep work.”

“What it will do is increase financial hardship and inequality. 45% of people with disability in Australia live on or below the poverty line. Increasing job-seeking requirements while decreasing income support, and removing opportunities to get ‘job ready’ without investing in job creation and incentives, leaves people with disability trapped in poverty. We need a jobs plan and this isn’t it, ” said Craig Wallace.

“A new approach is needed. This approach must:
• ensure an adequate safety net for those people who are unable to work,
• get rid of the real structural barriers to employment,
• provide accessible transport and workplaces,
• reform employment services,
• focus on participation, education and training,
• address attitudinal barriers of employers,
• give more responsibility to the right levels of government,
• tackle the public sectors poor record as an employer and
• remove financial disincentives to employment for people with disability."
“The Government is already undertaking a review of the welfare system in Australia. People with Disability Australia is making a positive contribution to that review. Rather than tweaking a structure now that is not working, this is our opportunity to use evidence to build a better system and get people into real jobs,” said Mr Wallace.
• People with Disability Australia Budget Bills FactSheet (Word 101kb)
• People with Disability Australia Jobs Plan - Get Real on Jobs


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

UN Health Agency Responds To Ebola Spike

UN health agency responds to Ebola spike by deploying team on border of Guinea and Guinea-Bissau More>>

UN Casts Israel As World's Worst Violator Of Health Rights

Israel's army team of medics recently treated 1,600 victims of the Nepal earthquake. More>>

W Thousands Flee Syria’s Besieged Historic City Of Palmyra

As thousands flee Syria’s besieged historic city of Palmyra, UN refugee agency readies response plan More>>

UN Agency To Halt Housing Allowance For Palestine Refugees

Lack of funds forces UNRWA to suspend cash assistance for housing for Palestinian refugees from Syria in Lebanon. Photo: UNRWA/Shafiq Fahed More>>


Bangkok: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphophia

BMA, UN, embassy representatives, civil society and artists stand united with LGBTI Thais on International Day against Transphobia, Homophobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT) at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre More>>

Displaced Iraqis Face Difficulties As Fighting Continues

UNHCR is concerned about the processing arrangements in place at the Bzabz bridge – a series of pontoons across the Euphrates River which marks the boundary between Anbar province and the capital, Baghdad. Photo: UNHCR/G. Ohara More>>

UNESCO Chief Condemns Killing Of Bangladeshi Blogger

Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz The head of the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom worldwide today voiced ... More>>

Philadelphia: Train Crash

Five people have been confirmed dead and more than 136 people injured after an Amtrak train crashed in Philadelphia today at 9.20pm local time.More>>

UN News: Alarming Surge In Bay Of Bengal Crossings

The number of irregular migrants crossing the Bay of Bengal has almost doubled over the past year amid a dangerous uptick in human smuggling and trafficking across the region, according to a new report from the United Nations refugee agency. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news