MP Chris Hayes emotional on NDIS
Federal MPs from both sides of politics
have told personal tales about relatives during debate on the
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Liberal frontbencher Bob Baldwin today told parliament about his
brother Bill, a diabetic double amputee on dialysis, while Labor
backbencher Chris Hayes choked up briefly when talking about his
"I know the effect it has financially, emotionally to all those
who love and care for Nathaniel,'' Mr Hayes said of his grandson's
"I want for my grandson to be able to grow up in a community
that cares ... a community that will seek to welcome his
involvement in the future."
Mr Baldwin said many of the most passionate pleas from his
constituents were about finding care for their intellectually
disabled children once the parents passed away.
"We need to give every Australian the opportunity to achieve
their maximum potential and that includes those with disabilities,"
"They should not, must not and cannot be hidden and never let
them be forgotten."
Debate on the National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill 2012 is
likely to occupy the lower house for most of today.
Canberra Liberal MPs, while supporting the measure, appealed for
it not to be politicised.
Wyatt Roy said everyone should work together to get the
once-in-a-generation reform right.
"Politics should be left at the door," he said.
Ewen Jones criticised the government for claiming the measure
was all about Labor values.
Mr Jones also appealed to people to realise how simple it was to
"Too few Australians understand that you are only one accident
away from having your mum or wife having to wipe your bottom for
the rest of your life," he said.
Labor's Andrew Leigh said the existing system was a patchwork,
with carers frustrated by demands to continually prove a disability
Dr Leigh said mothers of Down syndrome children had to keep
proving their chromosomes haven't changed.
Debate on the National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill 2012
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