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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 12 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 3734..


The ACT's task force has already commenced working to prepare people with disability, families and carers and service providers for the introduction of the NDIS from 1 July 2014, including developing the capacity of people with disabilities and their families to take advantage of the choice and control offered under the NDIS. To date, the ACT has made great progress in its commitment to the NDIS and to be the first jurisdiction to have all eligible people transition into the NDIS by June 2016.

Mr Assistant Speaker, if you, like me, had been in the estimates hearing when we heard from the directorate about the revolutionary nature of the NDIS, you would have heard that this is a big dream, a big vision and one that we are going to be delivering. It is not small-scale stuff. This is about enabling people with physical or intellectual disabilities to lead the kinds of full and productive lives that you and I enjoy.

It is going to be revolutionary not just for them but for us, because it will change the way we think about disability and the way we think about people with disabilities. This is vision. In the future, when we encounter people with disabilities working in banks, schools, universities and here in our Assembly, we will look back to the time when this NDIS was introduced and how it got us there. That is vision.

I will now turn to Mr Hanson's backhand at me before when he had a little swipe, a personal attack, a swipe at a backbencher. That really just does tell me I am doing my job properly, especially when it comes from the Leader of the Opposition. But then we heard half of his speech this morning patting his team on the head, each and every one of them, shoring up support for his leadership. Goodness me!

That leadership ought to be under challenge, because just the other day, we saw the last successful leader of the Canberra Liberals to win government, Kate Carnell, come out and support our legislation on marriage equality. Mr Hanson lacks the vision. He can only see a small picture and through a scanner darkly.

Motion agreed to.

Roads—McBryde Crescent

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (4.29): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the location of Trinity Christian School on a bend on McBryde Crescent in Wanniassa;

(b) that there is no pedestrian crossing at the Trinity Christian School;

(c) the concerns held by the principal, parents and the wider community for the safety of the children who attend Trinity Christian School;


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