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MP Chris Hayes emotional on NDIS


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 autistic grandson.


"I know the effect it has financially, emotionally to all those who love and care for Nathaniel,'' Mr Hayes said of his grandson's diagnosis.


"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," he said.


"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 become disabled.


"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 still existed.


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 continues.

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