The madness it seems continues unabated.
On Monday, Every Australian Counts have organized a ‘rally’ to promote the biggest policy catastrophe since ‘The Loans Affair’ of 1974. What they are ‘rallying’ for seems to be of little substantive importance. They want policy change and they want it now, dammit! It matters not that the NDIS amounts to eating a sandwich filled with diarrhea, sure it constitutes food for the starving, but it is sick and unhealthy.
Yet again, participants have no idea of the policy implications of the NDIS. The Government and the Opposition have blindly followed each other in backing the scheme, which as of yet has no policy infrastructure, and as is designed merely serves as a policy organ to promote corruption within disability service providers, many of which take advantage of suspicious loopholes to begin with. It matters not apparently that the chief 'ambassadors' of the policy do not have a disability, and Every Australian's self appointed 'patron' does not have a disability, and is a politician with no policy achievements or experience in the disability sector. He supposedly has more expertise than fellow supporter Graeme Innes, who is the Disability Discrimination Commissioner AND has a vision impairment! There is no doubt that Every Australian Counts cares about the opinions of those with a disability!
On top of which the government funded disability information portal ABC Ramp Up (which I often contribute to) was used as a tool to propagate policy ignorance by having one of the scheme's supporters speak of the 'benefits of the NDIS', when in fact she did nothing of the sort. As usual the article spoke nothing of the policy implications of what the proposed scheme will do. In fact, the only thing it does is articulate a glorified wish list of what an NDIS might, but won’t, provide. I want these wishes too, but it won’t happen as long as the current plans, or lack thereof, are implemented.
So while many of those in the disabled community drink the Kool Aid and ‘rally’ for an NDIS, I will do what the NDIS formulators refuse to do and follow through on a commitment with integrity:
If the policy is actioned, I will not accept any funding that is in any way NDIS related, unless the many flaws of the proposed policy are remedied. I will continue to refuse funding even if is detrimental to my standard of living.
I do not expect this one act to change anything in any way, but at least I will not be party to sheer incompetence and corruption. But it will achieve more than a 'rally' or the proposed NDIS combined.