Page 708 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 26 February 2013

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Mr Coe: On a point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: There is a point of order. Thank you, Mr Coe.

Mr Coe: Madam Speaker, if the minister would like to canvass other issues then he should move an amendment. He has not done so, therefore his comments should be restricted to the motion I moved involving the JACS committee, Mr Hanson and Mr Doszpot.

MADAM SPEAKER: I uphold the point of order. Mr Coe is correct. Minister, I ask you to confine your comments in relation to the composition of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety. If you cannot do that, I will ask you to conclude your comments.

MR CORBELL: Thank you, Madam Speaker, and I, of course, accept your ruling. Clearly those opposite are a little touchy on this issue. Clearly the decision to discharge Mr Hanson is part of the transition in the Liberal Party, and there is clearly still unfinished business. We look forward to Mr Hanson as leader taking the necessary steps to make sure that the transition is complete and that there is no outstanding rump of matters still to be addressed.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

National disability insurance scheme

Statement by minister

MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Disability, Children and Young People, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Women, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Racing and Gaming) (10.19), by leave: In December last year the ACT, along with four states, agreed with the commonwealth government to become launch sites for the NDIS, the national disability insurance scheme. The ACT government welcomes the opportunity to work collaboratively with the commonwealth government to establish a launch site in the ACT for the most significant social reform in this country since the introduction of Medicare.

The NDIS is a national insurance scheme for people with a disability. In addition to people who have an intellectual or developmental disability, the NDIS will be available to those born with a physical disability; it will be available to those who acquire a disability from an accident; and it will be available to people with a psychosocial disability.

The NDIS changes the current provision of support for people with a disability. The NDIS may double the national funding average for people with a disability and put their needs at the centre.

This is a national reform that will help smooth out inequities that people with a disability may now experience—inequities based on age, based on where and how

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